The 24-year-old woman contracted the disease during a vacation in the Philippines, where she was bitten by a puppy she saw on the street and taken to her hotel. Once home in Norway, she fell ill and died Monday, reports British broadcaster BBC.
"Animal love became fatal to her"
Her relatives now want the Norwegian government to make rabies vaccination compulsory for travel to the Philippines. "Her love for animals became fatal. Our fear is that this also happens to others with just such a warm heart."
Rabies is a disease that is virtually eradicated in Western Europe, which can underestimate the danger. The disease can be treated before symptoms occur. But once the disease has first manifested itself after a few weeks or months, the outcome is always fatal.
The disease is contracted by a bite from an infected animal. Bites from stray dogs, foxes and bats are known causes and are certainly a cause for alarm in risk countries.