A Briton died of rabies, after contracting the illness during a holiday


No more details have been released about the case. The last recorded rabies case in Britain was in 2012, when a British grandmother was bitten by her son’s pet dog in India. Rabies does not circulate in either wild or domestic animals in the UK, but between 2000 and 2017 five UK residents became infected with rabies after “animal exposures abroad.” 


Public Health England (PHE) issued a warning to travelers. Rabies is a very serious viral infection that affects the brain and central nervous system. The incubation period between being infected and showing symptoms is between 3 and 12 weeks. Initial symptoms can include anxiety, headaches and fever. As the disease progresses, there may be hallucinations and respiratory failure. Spasms of the muscles used for swallowing make it difficult for the patient to drink. Once symptoms have developed, rabies is almost always fatal. Immunisation is a precaution people should take when travelling to countries where rabies is present. Health officials have insisted 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.


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