By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Authorities in Thailand have reported a human rabies death in Surin province in lower northeastern Thailand, according to the Thai news source, Sanook.

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The 39-year-old woman looked after 12 cats and two dogs. She took in a stray cat that subsequently died. The report doesn’t note whether the patient ever received rabies post-exposure prophylaxis.

She started demonstrating symptoms of rabies on May 7 and died on May 15 soon after she was laboratory diagnosed.

This is the first rabies death reported in Thailand, according to the Thailand Bureau of Epidemiology.

In 2020, three cases and deaths were reported.