The Public Health Department of the Basque Government investigates a suspected case of rabies in a man who He was bitten in the forearm by a cat last August when he was abroad. The evolution of the symptoms, together with the aforementioned background, have raised suspicions. The patient is admitted to the University Hospital of Cruces (Bizkaia).
As reported by Osakidetza (Basque Health Service), pending the confirmation of the case, the action protocol has been launched and preventive measures have already been taken established, as well as the beginning of the study of contacts in the environment of the affected person.
In addition, the Coordination Center for Health Alerts and Emergencies of the Ministry of Health on such suspicion.
Rage is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system and that it is transmitted to people through saliva through bites or scratches of domestic or wild animals that are infected. The incubation period of rabies is very variable and could go from a week to a year, the two months being the estimated average.
In Euskadi there is no case of human rabies in the last 30 years. The exposed case is still a suspicion, since the final results are missing that will be obtained in the next days. In any case, given that it is an imported case, the Public Health Department has ensured that Euskadi's domestic animals are free of rabies.