Indian-origin woman dies of rabies in Britain
London, May 29 (IANS) An Indian-origin woman in Britain has died after contracting rabies due to a dog-bite she suffered while visiting India.
The woman, in her 50s and from London, died over the weekend in an isolation unit. She had been bitten by a puppy nine weeks ago, The Sun reported.
After returning to Britain, the woman visited her doctor May 14 and called at a hospital for next two days. She was referred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in south London.
Tests confirmed rabies. She was taken to University College Hospital's intensive care unit to be nursed in isolation.
A spokesman said: "We regret to announce a patient being treated for rabies died over the weekend. Our sincere condolences go to the family."
She was with her husband at the time of dog attack. It is yet unknown if the husband is considered at risk.
In the last decade, only one person in Britain has died from rabies contracted abroad. It was eradicated in the country over a century ago, the report said.
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