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Rabies test result proves negative

Published 30/04/2015

The patient was treated in the Royal Victoria Hospital
The patient was treated in the Royal Victoria Hospital

A patient in a Northern Ireland hospital who was tested for rabies does not have the disease, health authorities have said.

The individual had recently travelled in an area affected by rabies.

The patient was admitted to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast and medics ordered the tests for the deadly disease.

The Public Health Agency (PHA) has confirmed that the result was negative.

The patient's condition has since improved and the Belfast Health Trust said the individual had been discharged from its care.

Rabies is a deadly viral infection of the central nervous system.

Transmission is generally through the bite of an infected animal, usually dogs, but also cats, bats and other wildlife.

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