While traveling to Morocco, the British tourist fell into rabies after being bitten by a stray cat. He was not treated on time.
On vacation, think twice before touching a wild animal! A British tourist, bitten by a Moroccan cat, contracted rabies. He died a few weeks later, according to the Health Health England public health agency. The victim, whose identity is unknown, would not be treated quickly enough, as reported by the Press Association. After this tragic episode, Public Health England immediately called on people traveling in rabid countries to comply with the vaccination guidelines.
"Total paralysis and then death"
In humans, the symptoms of the disease develop two to three months after the contraction of the virus. "But it may take only a week, so it is important to seek help quickly and get vaccinated. In this case, the person did not receive the vaccine on timeJimmy Whitworth, a professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, told AFP that the vaccine should be administered before the onset of symptoms.it affects the nervous system, especially on the brain, and eventually causes total paralysis and death"said molecular virology professor Jonathan Ball.
It was not the first time that such a case was reported: in Scotland in Scotland a man contracted rabies after being bitten by a bat. In the years 2000-2017, five people in the UK were infected with this diseaseexposed to an infected animal abroad", according to Public Health England.
In the years 2001-2015, 11 cases of rabies were imported to France
In the years 2001-2015, 11 cases of rabies were imported to France, while the disease is absent from the national territory. All these cases concerned animals contaminated abroad. Precautions are therefore necessary to travel with an animal. It must containcontact the veterinarian four months before departure, the animal must be identified by his passport, the animal vaccine must be up to date, a blood test is necessary for countries at risk", according to the Ministry of Agriculture.
After returning to France, owners must present their pet to customs authorities. Failure to comply with regulatory obligations shall be punishable by law (Article L237-3 of the Agricultural Code and Sea Fishing). The list of threatened countries is available on the website of the Ministry of Agriculture.
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