Dutchman sought in French rabies alert

3rd September 2004, Comments 0 comments

BORDEAUX, Sept 2 (AFP) - French health authorities are searching for a Dutchman suspected of having come into contact with a dog in the southwest of the country found to be carrying rabies, local officials said Thursday.

BORDEAUX, Sept 2 (AFP) - French health authorities are searching for a Dutchman suspected of having come into contact with a dog in the southwest of the country found to be carrying rabies, local officials said Thursday.  

The man, a hitchhiker who was going to the town of Royan and had the first name Josephus, was thought to be from the Dutch city of Utrecht and came into contact with the animal and its owner on the docks in the city of Bordeaux.  

The Dutchman brings to eight the number of people still sought by authorities in connection with the rabies alert.  

The European Commission issued an EU-wide rabies alert on August 28 after the rabid puppy was identified in southwest France, where hundreds of thousands of tourists have spent their summer holidays.  

The puppy, illegally imported from Morocco, was reportedly brought into France on July 11 by a resident of Bordeaux, officials said, and was infectious from August 2-21, when it died.   Rabies - a fatal disease which attacks the nervous system and can paralyze the entire body - is transmitted to people by dogs, cats, livestock and certain wild animals and birds.  

Since 1977, 19 cases of human rabies have been reported in France. All of those infected contracted the disease abroad.

 

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