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Several people take the rabies vaccine after a Norwegian woman died

Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix


After a woman in her 20s died of rabies this past spring, several have taken the rabies vaccine. So far this year, more rabies vaccines have been sold than in 2018, writes NRK.

While 13,680 doses were sold last year, the figure this year so far is at 14,394 doses, according to Farmastat.

In May, Birgitte Kallestad died at Førde Hospital after being bitten by a puppy in the Philippines. Kallestad got sick some time after she came home to Norway. The lethal viral disease is transmitted via body fluid, usually as a result of bites. The woman was not vaccinated.

“We still receive more inquiries than before, both before and after travel. Rabies is a disease that has a good treatment if one starts right after being infected, so that people are more aware, is positive,” says doctor Niemi Eide at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health to NRK.

The attention generated by the death was vast, and shortly after the travel clinics reportedly requested more information than normally about the vaccination. People still do, according to doctor Gunnar Halse at Reiseklinikken. He says they have around 15 inquiries a month regarding rabies.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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