First case of rabies in Norway for 200 years

Officials in Norway have recorded the first case of rabies in the country for almost 200 years. The Veterinary Institute confirmed that a bat found dead in central Norway had a form of the disease, most probably European Bat lyssavirus 2.

Infected bat signals rabies has returned to Norway.

Bat infected with rabies discovered in Norway. Image by Bernard DUPONT / CC BY-SA 2.0

Authorities said that by releasing the information they wanted to educate, rather than scare citizens. Bats are protected in Norway and should not be disturbed but the advice is, if bitten, to wash the wound immediately with soap and water to prevent infection. According to WHO, the form of rabies found in the bat has never been found in any other mammal. Read more: thelocal.no

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