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A coroner heard that the 'extremely rare' death of a father from rabies happened after he had been told by medics the cat bite to his finger was not a problem and he should buy some 'anti-itch' cream.
The 58-year-old contracted the fatal disease while on holiday in Morocco when he was one of several people bitten by a rabid cat in the street.
Carer - Omar - Zouhri - Hospital - Oxford
Full-time carer Omar Zouhri died in hospital in Oxford within days of doctors realising he had 'furious rabies' - a disease which has been eradicated in the UK since 1902.
Oxfordshire Coroner Darren Salter said: 'This is a very sad case, of course, but it is also an extremely rare case here in the UK.'
Cream - Bungle - Mr - Zouhri - Blunder
He had earlier been told of the 'anti-itch cream' bungle at the walk-in clinic Mr Zouhri visited and of a second blunder in which a doctor claimed rabies came from dogs rather than cats.
An inquest in Oxford heard that Mr Zouhri had contracted rabies on August 31 last year when he had been with his 12-year-old son outside a family home in the northern city of Meknes, in Morocco, and a rabid cat leapt at him and sank its teeth into his right ring finger.
Rabies - Heard - October - Die - Symptoms
The 58-year-old carried the rabies from then on, the inquest heard, but it was not until as late as October 28 that 'the die was cast' when he started to report symptoms of 'furious rabies' - itching, pain and muscle twitches - which showed the virus had already entered his central nervous system, rendering any treatment ineffective and sealing his fate.
Mr Zouhri had been flagged up as a high-risk case by Public Health England and given the only known treatment for rabies from October 12.
Mr - Salter - Failure - Stoke - Mandeville
However Mr Salter highlighted a failure at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire which meant Mr...
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