Norwegian dies of rabies after rescuing puppy in PH


Kallestad picked up the puppy, put it in the basket on her moped and brought the puppy back to the resort where she and her friends were staying, her family said in a statement, sighted by the Daily Mail.

She and her friends sustained minor bites and scratches while playing with it, and Birgitte patched up and sterilised the cuts herself.

Eventually, a doctor treating her suspected that Birgitte's symptoms were signs of rabies.

According to, Kallestad's family said she received "small scrapes" by the puppy as she played with it, but sought no more medical attention. Like the Norwegian "Dagbladet" reported, Brigitte will receive before your trip to the Philippines, no rabies vaccination, because this was not necessary.

A family spokesman said: "Our dear Birgitte loved animals".

Initial symptoms of the illness include anxiety, headaches and fever.

It was the first rabies-related death in Norway in more than 200 years. "Our fear is that this will happen to others who have a warm heart like hers", her family said.

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Samples sent to the Public Health Authority in Sweden finally confirmed she was suffering from the disease.

Doctors in Norway did not connect Kallestad's symptoms to rabies, and so, she spent several days in and out of Førde hospital, where she worked.

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

Birgitte's friends who were on the trip and who were also in contact with the dog have been alerted and Norway's health trust has so far been in contact with 77 people who have been in contact with Birgitte.

Of these, 31 have been vaccinated.

Rabies is treatable, but if left untreated can cause a life-threatening infection of the brain and nervous system in humans. "The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes". The health workers Brigitte disinfected the small wounds however, after that, no one took more seriously the slight bite marks.

Rabies is transferred from an animal's saliva.