A woman from Norway has died after contracting rabies from a stray puppy.
The woman, Birgitte Kallestad, 24 years old, was on holiday with friends when they found the puppy on a street, Kallestad’s family said in a statement.
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The puppy is thought to have infected her when it bit her after they took it back to their resort.
She fell ill soon after returning to Norway, and passed away on Monday at the hospital where she worked.
“Our dear Birgitte loved animals,” said her family. “Our fear is that this will happen to others who have a warm heart like her”.
Rabies is treatable, but left untreated it can cause a life-threatening infection of the brain and nervous system in humans.
The disease kills thousands of people every year, mostly in Asia and Africa, where it is prevalent.