By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

A 17-year-old student of Kadaba government PU college has died from rabies, according to a Daijiworld report.


On Thursday September 30 morning, she complained of a sudden headache. Immediately she was taken to hospital and medicine was procured. In the evening, the headache worsened. She was taken to a private hospital in Puttur and then to the district Wenlock hospital at Mangaluru. But without responding to treatments, she passed away late night the same day.

A few months back, the dog at her house had died of rabies. It is suspected that the rabies virus from the dog would have had infected the girl.

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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 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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