Briton dies after being bitten by rabid cat

Briton dies after being bitten by rabid cat

Public Health England (PHE) confirmed the man, who is a United Kingdom resident, was infected by the disease after being bitten by a cat.

Public Health England (PHE) issued a warning Monday to all United Kingdom residents after the resident contracted the disease.

PHE did not release any further details but reassured the public there was no wider risk.

Talking of the news of the latest death, Dr Mary Ramsay of PHE has been widely quoted as saying that, "There is no risk to the wider public in relation to this case but, as a precautionary measure, health workers and close contacts are being assessed and offered vaccination when necessary".

You can catch rabies if an infected animal bites or scratches you.

Although rabies doesn't circulate in animals in the United Kingdom, there have been five United Kingdom residents who have contracted the disease after coming into contact with infected animals overseas between 2000 and 2017.

But a single case of human rabies acquired from a bat was reported in 2002 in Scotland in a bat handler.

If you're travelling to a country where rabies is common, you should consider getting vaccinated if you plan to stay for a month or more.

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According to the World Health Organization, the disease occurs in more than 150 countries and causes tens of thousands of death every year, mainly in Asia and Africa.

The disease is very rare but serious infection off the nerves and brain.

The UK has been rabies-free since the beginning of the 20th century, with the exception of rabies-like viruses in some wild bat species.

The most recent case was in 2012, when a United Kingdom citizen was bitten by a dog in South Asia.

For more information on the risk of rabies in different countries, see the country information pages on the National Travel Health Network and Centre's (NaTHNaC's) website, TravelHealthPro. It does not spread from human to human. Once a person begins showing signs and symptoms of rabies, the disease is almost always fatal.

Without treatment, symptoms will usually develop between three and 12 weeks, but they can be later or sooner.

Initial symptoms include fever, headache, feeling unwell and in some cases discomfort at the site of the bite. Within days, other symptoms including confusion and aggressive behaviour, muscles spasms, foaming at the mouth, an inability to move and hallucinations, may appear.

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