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.
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.