Thursday , October 28 2021

A man who died of rabies after being bitten by a cat



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Omar Zuhuri, 58, a native of Morocco, died a few weeks after contracting the disease in Medea, Morocco.

When he first showed the symptoms, the man appeared at the hospital in the city where he lived and told the doctors there that a boy had died in Morocco after being bitten by a cat, the same animal that threw his teeth in his hand.

The doctors gave him a preventive injection and sent him home and said he did not care if he had rabies. Three weeks later he again introduced himself to the doctor with pains in his hands, and he recommended it with a cream against itching.

Three weeks later the man died in the hospital, and the doctors confirmed the death

The husband's wife says the doctors told him he was paranoid, and they were sure he had no rabies.

The nephew of a victim, Nabil Ghal, was next to him when he died, saying that all he wanted was for his relatives to take care of his wife and children. "He could not move, he was drugged, but he was still fighting and trying to get up," he said. "He spoke a little, some of his last words were to take care of his family."

Dr. Tina Kenny, medical director of the NHS Trust in Buckinghamshire, confirmed that the man had died at Oxford's Radcliffe Hospital and said an internal investigation had opened because "rabies death is so rare in the country."

Dr. Kenny called on the family to contact the hospital if they had "concerns about the treatment the person received at the hospital."

Rabies was not found in wild or domestic animals in the UK and only five people were infected between 2000 and 2017 after "animal exposures abroad".


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