An English man died after being bitten by a cat during a trip in Morocco, UK Health Department of Public Health said November 12, 2018, five of its compatriots between 2000 and 2017. Rabies abroad after contact with an animal.
Public Health recalls the interest of the UK vaccine
"Rabies is common in some parts of the world, especially in Asia and Africa. reminds the agency. All travelers to rabies should avoid contact with dogs, cats and other animals as much as possible. They should advise that they should be vaccinated before traveling.".
If a person is bitten or slept by an animal at risk, it is appropriate to wash the wound with water and soap. A medical consultation should be performed without delay. "Rabies after exposure should be started as soon as possible after bite. Sometimes it consists of several injection vaccines with a serotherapy. Existing vaccines are both very effective and well tolerated", Notes on the Institute Pasteur website.
Very rare cases in Western Europe
According to the World Animal Health Organization, rabies is still killing 60,000 people, not in Western Europe. "The cases of rabies in the United Kingdom are rare: since 1902 there has been no infection reported by an animal other than a bat.Dayan And the last of a public garbage plant dates back to 2002, says Public Health UK. In France, according to the Pasteur Institute, since 1924, human rabies cases obtained in metropolitan territory have not been reported.
However, a case was reported in Guyana in 2008 and a few cases of cases outside France were identified in France. "Last patient died from rabies in France (10 year old boy in Lyon) After a long stay in Sri Lanka, she was diagnosed in October 2017, after presenting her first clinical manifestations.Unlike other diseases, the Institute says that health services have all the tools they need to eliminate rabies.