Woman dies of rabies after bite from puppy she rescued

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'Our dear Birgitte loved animals, ' a family spokesperson said.

Kallestad scooped the stray up and placed it in her basket to take back to her resort. "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", the family stated.

An animal lover died after being bitten by a puppy she rescued that was infected with rabies, according to reports. We fear that this will happen to others as you have a big heart.

Kallestad, a health worker in Norway, sterilized her "little puppy bites", the family said.

During their playtime, the puppy reportedly bit Kallestad a few times, which resulted in small scrapes. At the time, she and her friends did not see the need for medical attention. After several trips to the emergency room and eventual admission to the hospital, a doctor thought her symptoms looked like rabies, the family said.

"The patient was admitted to our intensive care unit, and died peacefully with the closest family around her", Trine Hunskar Vingsnes, director of health at Helse Forde hospital, told VG.

Tests returned from the Public Health Authority in Sweden confirming the suspicion of rabies on May 4.

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It was the first rabies-related death in Norway in more than 200 years.

The Daily Mail reported that Kallestad's friends, who had been in contact with the dog, have been notified.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that while rabies is 100 percent treatable, thousands of people around the world still die from the disease each year.

Norway's government does not make rabies vaccinations compulsory for citizens travelling to the Philippines, but Ms Kallestad's family has now called for a change in the law.

Rabies is a viral infection which targets the nervous system and the brain.

Saliva from an infected animal can also transmit rabies if the saliva comes into contact with the eyes, mouth, or nose. Signs that the disease has progressed include hallucinations, slight or partial paralysis, anxiety, confusion and fear of water.

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