When Birgitte Kallestad and his friends saw a helpless puppy next to the road while traveling to the Philippines in February, they could not stop picking it up and returning to their complex. Kallestad washed her and played with her, then her family fell in love with the little baby, even when she started chopping her and her friends.
For Kallestad, saving the puppy was fatal.
Twenty-five years of age died Monday in his native Norway after contracting the rabies virus.
Rabies is a virus that can be transmitted from animals to humans through bites and saliva, and can be fatal if not treated in advance. According to the World Health Organization, 99 percent of rabies infections in humans are caused by dog bites.
In a statement given to NRK, media owned by the government in Norway, Kallestad's family explained that he had been back in Norway for a long time before falling sick. The doctors fought to solve the mystery of what was wrong. He made several trips to the emergency room of the hospital where he worked and was finally admitted on April 28.
It was not until Thursday when doctors finally discovered he could have anger, after learning that he had been bitten during the holidays, Verdens Gang reported.
Kallestad, who was a health worker working at Førde Central Hospital, had fixed and sterilized the small bites while on vacation, with no one in the group seeing the need for more medical attention.
"The patient was admitted to our intensive care unit and died peacefully with the family closest to them," said VG Trine Hunskar Vingsnes, health director at Førde Central Hospital.
Norwegian officials say that this is the first case of rage reported to Norway in 200 years.
"Our beloved Birgitte loved animals. Our fear is that this happens to other people with a warm heart like her," said the family statement. They asked that you add a rabies vaccine to a list of inoculations for people traveling to the Philippines.
WHO enumerates the Philippines as a country of high risk for humans who get angry. More than 59,000 people around the world die every year of the disease, which can be prevented by a vaccine. But poor or disadvantaged communities with limited access to health care continue to be vulnerable to the recruitment of rabies through dogs, a problem WHO expects to eliminate in 2030.
The initial symptoms of rabies include fever and headaches, but because the illness worsens, patients may suffer hallucinations, muscle spasms and respiratory insufficiency.
Birgitte's friends who traveled and were in contact with the dog were alerted and the Norwegian health trust has been in contact until now with 77 people who have been in contact with Birgitte.
Of these, 31 have been vaccinated, according to local media.