An animal friend died after being bitten by a puppy she had rescued from rabies, according to reports.
According to the New York Post, Birgitte Kallestad died on Monday – more than two months after recording the dog she found in the streets of the Philippines, the family said in a statement from the Daily mail.
& # 39; Our dear Birgitte loved animals & # 39 ;, said her family. "Our fear is that this will happen to others who have a warm heart like them."
The 24-year-old Noor was on vacation with her friends and mopeds when they met the dog.
Kallestad scooped up the wanderer and put it in her basket to return to her resort.
The group bathed and played with the dog – not knowing it bore the deadly but treatable virus disease.
The family said that everyone got light bites and scratches and that Kallestad, who worked in a hospital in Norway, treated the small cuts she sustained.
But shortly after returning home, she fell ill and was hospitalized several times – while doctors tried to find out what was wrong. She died eight days after being admitted to the hospital where she worked.
After performing tests, the Swedish public health authority confirmed on Saturday that Kallestad had rabies.
It was the first rabies-related death in Norway in more than 200 years. The nation's health officials have been in contact with 77 people who have come in contact with Kallestad and said 31 have been vaccinated.
Rabies, which infect the central nervous system, initially cause symptoms similar to the flu, such as fever, headache, and general discomfort, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Signs that the disease has progressed include hallucinations, mild or partial paralysis, anxiety, confusion, and fear of water.
Once a person starts showing signs of the disease, survival is rare, the CDC said.
Now the Kallestad family is calling on the Norwegian government to make rabies vaccinations compulsory for travel to the Philippines.
"If we can achieve this, the death of our sunbeam can save others," the family said.
This story first appeared in the New York Post and is republished with permission.