When we go on vacation, we often tend to want to cut ties and pay less attention than usual. This is the case for this British tourist who approached a wild cat a little too close, during his vacation in Morocco and who was bitten. He suffered from rabies before he died on Monday, November 12.
Avoid contact with lost animals
This death was announced by the British health agency Public Health England which took the opportunity to warn other travelers about security measures that must be respected. "All travelers to rabies affected countries should avoid contact with dogs, cats and other animals as much as possible, and seek advice about the need for vaccines before traveling."
Unfortunately for him, the tourist was not vaccinated on time. "It's important to seek treatment quickly and get vaccinated, in this case the person doesn't get the vaccine on time," said Jimmy Whitworth, a professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
The vaccine is there
In the world, a person dies every three minutes of rabies. However, there is an anti-rabies vaccine and cure patients 100%. On World Rabies Day, September 28, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a video clip that warned that this vaccine could save lives.
The rabies virus is present in the saliva of some animals, like dogs or cats at the end of the disease. Viral transmission occurs most often during bites by contaminated animals, by scratching or licking excoriated skin or mucous membranes. Transmission from human to human is very rare.
Viruses are almost always fatal
Viruses affect the nervous system. If not treated immediately, patients will begin to experience difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) and develop neuropsychiatric disorders such as anxiety or agitation, after several days or months of incubation period.
The patient then coma before dying from breathing. This fatal outcome is almost systematic and affects 59,000 people every year. In 2004, a young American girl survived the virus. An extraordinary case that remains unexplained.
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