After Morocco trip: Brit dies from cat bites on rabies
A British citizen died of rabies after a holiday in Morocco. The man is apparently infected after being bitten by a cat in the North African country. The last rabies in Germany was also due to an infection in Morocco.
Avoid contact with animals
A British man died after being rabid on a trip to Morocco. The British health authority Public Health England (PHE) said the man was infected by a cat bite. In a communication, the experts now call on citizens traveling to rabies-affected countries to avoid contact with animals, otherwise they run the risk of being infected.
Patient was not vaccinated in time
Jimmy Whitworth, a professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, told the press agency Press Association, according to a report in the British newspaper The Guardian:
"As far as I understand, the man had contact with a cat that behaved unusually."
He assumed that the patient was seeking medical help in Morocco and the UK, but unfortunately did not receive a vaccine until it was too late. I think the cat bit that person a few weeks ago. & # 39;
According to the expert, the symptoms usually last two to three months, or they can manifest within a week.
"That is why it is so important to provide immediate care and vaccination," says Whitworth. "In this tragic case, the person did not get the vaccine on time."
Rabies demand tens of thousands every year
According to estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO), 59,000 people worldwide die of rabies each year. In Germany, the dangerous infectious disease was virtually eradicated.
Only in bats has the virus been discovered in this country in recent years. That's why experts warn that they never touch the animals with bare hands.
"For people living in Germany, there is currently almost exclusively risk of infection during travel to countries with endemic rabies", writes the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on its website.
Therefore, according to health experts, especially in long-haul flights, the risk of rabies must always be taken into account.
Infections due to dog bites
"Most human deaths are due to bites from dogs infected with rabies, while dogs are the main reservoir for classical rabies virus, foxes were foxes in Germany in the past," says the RKI.
Even if the damaged skin or mucous membranes of the mouth, nose or eye, for example, come into contact with infected dog saliva, the virus can be transmitted.
However, the last rabies case in Germany has been a long time ago. It was a man bitten by a stray dog in Morocco in 2007.
There is no cure for rabies
"If you have been bitten, scratched or licked by an animal, wash the wound or exposure site with plenty of soap and water and seek immediate medical attention," Dr. Mary Ramsay of the PHE health authority.
When you wait to see if rabies symptoms occur, it is usually too late for the treatment.
An infection with the pathogen of rabies is usually treated with an immediately active vaccine and with special antibodies (immunoglobulin). A preventive vaccine is also available.
There is no cure for rabies. Although the disease does not break out in someone who has become infected, but it breaks out, it ends up almost 100 percent deadly.
Without treatment, the infection leads to death very quickly
After an infection it comes to uncharacteristic symptoms such as headaches and loss of appetite. Fever does not occur at all.
Also burning, itching and increased sensitivity to pain in the bite area are possible. At this stage it may be too late for the treatment.
Later it comes, among other things, to convulsions in the throat muscles and considerable fear of drinking. The mental state of the patients varies between aggressive and depressive moods.
"Death usually takes place in a coma and under the signs of respiratory paralysis – between the onset of the first symptoms and death, untreated patients are up to 7 days", writes the RKI. (Ad)