A man who died after being bitten by a cat with rabies while in Morocco
has been named.
Omar Zouhri, 58, of Aylesbury, died earlier this month after a vacation
But it is understandable that it was cut a few weeks ago and was not given
immediate, potentially life-saving, treatment.
England's public health (PHE) issued a warning to travelers after the UK
resident stopped the disease after being bitten by a predatory cat.
Direct care, including wound healing and the rabies vaccine course, is very effective and can save the life of an infected person.
It is believed that he was looking for care both in Morocco and at home after he had bitten.
No more details have been issued by officials about the case.
"My understanding is that he was someone who was in contact with a cat that behaved unusually and was looking for care, I believe in Morocco and the United Kingdom, but unfortunately he did not get a vaccination until it's too late.
"I think the cat cut that person a few weeks ago.
"The typical time interval (to show the symptoms) is two to three months, so you have plenty of time (to look for care).
"But it can be as small as a week and they are looking for immediate care and
vaccination is so important.
"In this tragic case the person did not take the vaccine on time.
"It is difficult to know from the information provided, the delay could have been
Morocco, the delay could have been in the United Kingdom.
"So one of the messages is that health workers have to join
"There are high levels of participation, you should not be wrong."
– Professor Jimmy Whitworth, professor of international public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
PHE said there was no "risk" for the wider public, but as a precautionary measure, health workers and close contacts offered vaccination if necessary.
Rabies do not circulate in either wild or domestic animals in the United Kingdom, but between 2000 and 2017, five UK residents were infected with rabies after
"animal exhibitions abroad".
The latest recorded rabies case in Britain was in 2012 when a UK resident was bite by a dog in South Asia.