When we go on vacation, we often tend to break away and pay less attention than usual. This is the case of this British tourist who came to a wildcat too close, during his vacations in Morocco and was bitten. He called rabies before dying on Monday, November 12.
Avoid contact with stray animals
This death was announced by the UK Health Care Agency UK, which took the opportunity to warn other tourists about the security measures to be respected. "All travelers to countries affected by rabies should avoid contact with dogs, cats and other animals as much as possible, and ask for advice on the need for a vaccine before traveling."
Unfortunately, the tourist was not vaccinated in time. "It's important to seek treatment quickly and get a vaccine, in which case the person does not get the vaccine in time," said Jim Whitworth, a professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
In the world, a person dies every three minutes of rabies. However, a rabies vaccine exists and cures 100% patients. On World Rabies Day, September 28, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a video that mentions that this vaccine can save lives.
Rabies virus is found in the saliva of certain animals, such as dogs or cats at the end of the disease. The transmission of the virus occurs most often during the bite by a polluted animal, by itching or licking on a random skin or mucous membrane. Passage from person to person is extremely rare.
Virus is almost always fatal
The virus will affect the nervous system. If not treated immediately, the patient will begin to have trouble swallowing (disturbance) and develop neuropsychiatric disorders such as anxiety or agitation, after several days or months of incubation.
The patient then falls into a coma before surrendering to respiratory arrest. This fatal result is almost systematic and affects 59,000 people every year. In 2004, a young American girl survived the virus. An exceptional case that remains unexplained.
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