Norwegian Woman Dies From Rabies After Stray Puppy Bite

The 24 year-old Norwegian woman was bitten by

The 24 year-old Norwegian woman was bitten by

Birgitte Kallestad, 24, from Hordaland on the Norwegian west coast, died on Monday night - more than two months after coming into contact with the dog while travelling with friends in February.

24-year-old Birgitte Kallestad who is from Norway, was holidaying in the Philippines with their friends when they came across a stray puppy on the street her family said in a statement.

After washing and grooming the dog, Birgitte and her friends played with it in the garden.

"Birgitte put the puppy in a basket and brought him home".

Norwegian officials say this is the first case of rabies reported in Norway in 200 years.

Finally, a doctor in the hospital in Førde suspected that Birgitte's symptoms were signs of rabies.

"Our dear Birgitte loved animals", her family said in a statement, the BBC reported. "Our fear is that this will happen to others who have a warm heart like hers", her family said. We want this vaccine to be included in the program for places where it can be rabies, and that people become aware of the dangers'.

"If we can achieve this, the death of our sunbeam can save others", the family said.

She fell ill soon after returning to Norway, and died on Monday at the hospital where she worked.

Of these, 31 have been vaccinated, according to local media.

Rabies is treatable, but if left untreated can cause a life-threatening infection of the brain and nervous system in humans.

Globally rabies is most commonly found in dogs and can be transmitted when an infected animal scratches or bites another animal or human.

It can also be spread by an animal's saliva being in contact with a graze or cut on a human's skin.

Rabies remains endemic in more than 120 countries, mostly areas with inadequate public health resources and limited access to preventive treatment, according to the CDC.

Initial symptoms of the illness include anxiety, headaches and fever. Some victims also have hydrophobia, which is a fear of water.

The disease is mostly prevalent in Asia and Africa and kills thousands of people every year.

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