In an effort to rescue a puppy from a street, a 24-year-old Norwegian woman has died after getting angry.
Birgitte Kallestad was on vacation in the Philippines with friends when they found the puppy on a street. His family said in a statement.
According to the BBC, it is believed that the puppy infected her when she bit her while playing.
Mrs. Kallestad, who worked in a Norwegian hospital, had sterilized the "small scratches" that the puppy gave, but did not seek more medical attention, according to the family's statement.
"Our beloved Birgitte loved animals," said his family. "Our fear is that this happens to other people who have a warm heart like her."
Mrs. Kallestad fell sick after returning to Norway and died this week at the hospital he worked. It is the first death due to rage in more than 200 years, according to the BBC.
He sought medical attention several times when he returned home, but doctors could not diagnose what was wrong.
Thousands of people die every year of rage, mainly in Asia and Africa. Rabies is treatable, but if it is not treated, it can cause a brain and nervous system infection in danger of life, in humans.
Sir Feruglio, senior physician at the Institute, told the BBC that it was important for people to consult a doctor, even if he was vaccinated, if he came in contact with an infected animal.
"This is an endemic disease of 150 countries and it is a huge health problem," he said.