10-year-old boy dies of rabies after puppy bites him on holiday

10-year-old boy dies of rabies after puppy bites him on holiday

A puppy bit the boy on a beach (Stock image)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

A 10-year-old boy has died in France after being bitten by a puppy and contracting rabies.

The boy was attacked by the dog in Sri Lanka on a beach whilst he was on holiday, according to The Local.

Local media claims this took place in August but the child's family were not overly worried about the bite.

However the boy became ill and was taken to hospital on October 4 for treatment in intensive care in Lyon, but unfortunately passed away.

Non-profit foundation the Pasteur Institute confirmed that the child died of rabies on Monday (October 16).

The disease has an incubation period of between 20 and 60 days, which is why rabies was not immediately noticeable.

Now the boy's family and pupils and staff from his school have been vaccinated for rabies.

In France there have been no reports of human "indigenous" rabies since 1924, however some have recently caught the illness whilst abroad. Health authorities say there have been  23 cases since 1970 and the last took place in 2014.

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