Second Possible Rabies Case In Leeds

25 May 2012, 10:46

Disease Control Experts say a patient from Leeds is being tested for rabies.

The patient went to his GP after being bitten by a dog while of holiday, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) said.

The HPA said the patient has “no links” to the confirmed case in London.

A spokeswoman said: “The HPA has been notified that a patient from Leeds has sought medical attention following a dog bite which occurred abroad.

“Investigations are under way to determine if the bite has led to an infection. There are no links to the rabies case confirmed recently in London.”

The spokeswoman said  lots of people have these rabies test every year.

The investigation comes two days after the HPA confirmed a case of the potentially fatal disease in a patient who had been bitten by a dog in South Asia.

The woman, believed to be a grandmother in her 50s, was reportedly turned away twice by doctors at Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford, Kent, before she was finally diagnosed.

Rabies is usually transferred through saliva from the bite of an infected animal, with dogs being the most common transmitter of rabies to humans.

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