Belfast woman dies of rabies

A BELFAST woman who contracted rabies while abroad died in hospital last night, her family said.

Lisa McMurray had been in a critical condition in the intensive care unit of Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital since the condition was diagnosed last month.

Her death was confirmed in a statement from her family.

She had been in Africa a number of times over the last couple of years but began to feel unwell after being home for several months. It is thought she contracted the virus, which is invariably fatal, after being bitten by a dog.

A statement from her brothers — her parents are already dead — said: “We are devastated by the loss of our sister Lisa. We are extremely proud not only of all she achieved in life but also of the bravery with which she fought her illness.

“Her courage was inspiring and typical of the passionate and determined way in which she led her life. Her loss will leave a huge hole in all our lives and her family and friends will miss her terribly.”

They added: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank the medical staff who have treated Lisa throughout her illness. Their skill and dedication has been a great source of comfort to us and they did everything possible to care for her.”

It is believed she may have been infected as far back as December 2006 wile working in an animal sanctuary in South Africa.


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