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    Rabies Brit No2: New bite victim fear as gran battles for life

    NewsUK Dog NewsFriday 25 May 2012
    Dogs and Puppies

    Docs are awaiting test results on the patient,believed to be from Leeds.

    The suspected case — confirmed last night by the Health Protection Agency — follows that of a gran in her 50s who is fighting for life in a London hospital after being bitten by a puppy in India.

    The two cases of the killer disease are not thought to be linked. The second victim — now in hospital — may have been bitten by a dog in Pakistan.

    The Sun revealed yesterday how the gran was sent home THREE times by docs who failed to realise she had rabies.

    A probe has been launched by the Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford, Kent, which she visited twice.

    The victim remains critically ill at London’s Hospital for Tropical Diseases. A source said: “The family has been told it is unlikely she will survive.”

    Twenty people who came into contact with her — including six relatives — have been vaccinated against the illness.

    There have been eight rabies scares in the UK this year but the gran’s is the only confirmed case.

    Source: The Sun

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