Norwegian Birgitte Kallestad, 24, died on Monday night more than two months after coming into contact with the dog while travelling with friends. The puppy bit her and her friends as they were playing with it.
According to a statement put out by her family, Kallestad and her friends were riding mopeds when they found the puppy.
She washed and groomed the puppy.
The family said everyone sustained minor bites and scratches and that Kallestad, who worked at a hospital in Norway, treated the tiny cuts she sustained. She cleaned it and cared for it and to her joy it started healing.
After returning to her home in Norway, Birgitte soon became unwell.
Kallestad had posted updates from her vacation in the Philippines on Instagram. Eventually, she was being admitted full time. Unfortunately, once a person starts to show symptoms of rabies, there is no effective treatment and the disease is nearly always fatal, according to the CDC.
Sweden's Public Health Authorities confirmed Saturday that Kallestad had rabies.
But it was too late. Just a few days after she was diagnosed, Kallestad died in the hospital where she was confined.
While expressing their sadness over the incidence, her family members said, "Our dear Birgitte loved animals". We fear that this will happen to others as you have a big heart. "This is a disease that's endemic in 150 countries and it's a huge health problem".
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The girl's case is the first rabies-related death in Norway for more than 200 years.
Tt can also be prevented through vaccination however Norway's government does not impose a mandatory rabies vaccination on its citizens.
Under Norwegian law, rabies vaccines are not compulsory.
Filipino children play at a broken fishing boat in Manila Bay in Baseco, Tondo on July 8, 2017.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the rabies virus is transmitted in the saliva of rabid animals.
Rabies is treatable but left untreated, it can cause a life-threatening infection of the brain and nervous system in humans.
A stray dog roams on the streets of Cainta municipality in the Philippines on September 28, 2013.
There is a vaccine for rabies, but in order to be effective, it must be given before symptoms appear.