A woman being treated for rabies after being bitten by a dog has died. The woman, believed to be in her 50s, was reportedly turned away twice by doctors at Darent Valley Hospital in Kent, before she was finally diagnosed. She was being treated in London after being bitten in South East Asia.
"We regret to announce that a patient being treated for rabies by the Hospitalfor Tropical Diseases and colleagues at University College Hospital died overthe weekend. We will not be releasing any further details, nor will the family be making any statements. Our sincere condolences go out to them."
Rabies is usually transferred through saliva from the bite of an infected
animal, with dogs being the most common transmitter of rabies to humans.
More than 55,000 people are estimated to die from the disease every year, withmost cases occurring in developing countries, particularly South and South-EastAsia.The hospital previously reassured patients, visitors and staff there was norisk to them as a result of the case.
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