By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

A resident of Donetsk town in Rostov Oblast has died from rabies following a stray cat bite in April, according to the Rospotrebnadzor administration in the Rostov region.

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The male victim refused the rabies vaccination and eventually fell ill with symptoms of rabies including hydrophobia.

Officials say during the first six months of the year, eight cases of rabies infection of animals, including domestic ones, were recorded.

Rabies is an acute viral infection that is transmitted to humans or other mammals usually through the saliva from a bite of an infected animal. It is also rarely contracted through breaks in the skin or contact with mucous membranes.

Initially, like in many diseases, the symptoms of rabies are non-specific; fever, headache and malaise. This may last several days. At the site of the bite there may be some pain and discomfort. Symptoms then progress to more severe: confusion, delirium, abnormal behavior and hallucinations. If it gets this far, the disease is nearly 100% fatal.

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