By NewsDesk   @bactiman63

The Latvian Center for Disease Prevention and Control reports investigating the death of a woman from Daugavpils, which is suspected from being due to rabies, according to a Baltic News Network report.


If the death turns out to be due to rabies, this would be the first human rabies fatality in 16 years.

Health officials say that lab tests are being conducted in collaboration with the Institute for Food Safety, Animal Health and Environment (BIOR) and that initial results suggest the patient had rabies.

It is not clear if she contracted the infection locally or outside the country.

Pending confirmatory testing will help identify the virus and determine the geographical place of origin of the virus.

Epidemiologists have been identifying persons who had had contact with the patient, and 60 people are being vaccinated against rabies.