By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Officials with the National Center for Microbiology (CNM) have confirmed a man admitted to the Cruces hospital (Bizkaia, or Biscay) suffers from rabies. It is believed that he contracted the serious infection from a cat bite while in Morocco, according to a La Vanguardia report (computer translated).
The patient was admitted to the Cruces hospital last Thursday from the San Eloy hospital in Barakaldo, where doctors found that the wound on his arm had signs of necrosis. Although his initial state was not bad, the situation of the male worsened to the point of being transferred to the intensive care area and then referred to the Bilbao center of Cruces, where he remains sedated and in critical condition.
The delay in developing the symptoms, experts explain, is a characteristic of this disease. The incubation period, in fact, is very variable and can range from one week to one year, the most common period of development being between one and two months. In the Biscayan case, the patient began to suffer the symptoms at three months.
This is the first human rabies case in Basque Country in three decades.