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Lakartidningen. 2001 Mar 14;98(11):1216-20.

[The first case of rabies in Sweden in 26 years. Inform travellers abroad about risks and treatment following suspected infection].

[Article in Swedish]

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  • 1Infektionskliniken, Södersjukhuset/Huddinge Universitetssjukhus. jonas.hojer@apoteket.se

Abstract

In June 2000, a case of rabies was diagnosed in Stockholm. The patient, a 19-year-old woman, had been bitten by a dog in Thailand three months earlier. She was admitted with a 2-day history of pain and paresthesia at the exposure site (right arm), along with anxiety. Her neurological symptoms progressed, and during the following week she developed the typical signs of furious rabies. Despite intensive care, her condition deteriorated continuously, and she died 18 days after onset of symptoms. The diagnosis was not considered until five days after admission to the hospital. A saliva sample was obtained and the diagnosis confirmed by virus isolation in mouse neuroblastoma cells. Although Sweden is free of rabies, the diagnosis should be considered in patients with encephalitis after having visited a rabies endemic area. Tourists must be informed of the vital importance of post-exposure prophylaxis after suspected infection.

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