LONDON The British died of rabies after a cat biting him in Morocco, a public health agency said on Monday, urging passengers to follow the instructions for vaccination.
The person would have been bite a few weeks ago and, according to the press association, should not have immediate treatment. Health authorities have not provided further information on this case.
According to Jimmy Whitworth, a professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, rabies symptoms develop in humans two to three months after the virus is infected.
But it can take only a week, so it's important to quickly find care and vaccinate, he said. In this case, the person did not receive the vaccination time.
Rabies affect the nervous system, especially the brain, and ultimately cause complete paralysis and death, said Jonathan Ball, professor of molecular virology at Nottingham University.
There are very effective vaccines, but they must be used before the onset of symptoms, he said.
According to England in public health, a rabies case was reported in Scotland in 2002, which was contracted by a man who had been angry several times with an infected bat.
Between 2000 and 2017, five other people residing in the United Kingdom were exposed to rabies after exposure to a foreign animal.
Warts are widespread in some parts of the world, especially in Asia and Africa, warned PHE. All travelers to rabies should avoid as much contact with dogs, cats and other animals as possible, and seek advice on the need for the vaccine before traveling.