British officials say Britain was killed after a rabies incident during a holiday in Morocco. Public health officials say the victims were infected after bite the cat.
PHE reminded travelers to avoid contact with animals in rabies-affected countries.
Rabies are not found in British wildlife or livestock, but five British people have been infected after "foreign animal exposure" between 2000 and 2017.
Some species of bats in the UK can carry viruses such as rabies viruses.
According to the World Health Organization, the disease occurs in over 150 countries and tens of thousands of people die each year in Asia and Africa.
In 99% of cases, domestic dogs are responsible for spreading viruses to humans.
The UK government says North African countries such as Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia are in 139 high-risk countries.
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PHE did not disclose details of Britain's death.
As a precautionary measure, there is no risk to more public, but close contact with the deceased's health care workers is assessed and provided immunization if needed.
Rabies is a viral infection that affects the brain and central nervous system. It is transmitted through the bites and wounds of infected animals.
There are no documented examples that are transmitted through human-human contact.
"This is an important reminder of what people should take when traveling to a rabies country," said Dr. Mary Ramsay, director of immunization at the PHE.
The last recorded rabies in the UK was in 2012, when a British resident was bitten by one in South Asia.
What is rabies?
- Initial symptoms may include anxiety, headache, and fever.
- As the disease progresses, there may be hallucinations and respiratory failure.
- Muscle spasms used for swallowing make it difficult for the patient to drink.
- The incubation period between infected and symptomatic is 3 to 12 weeks.
- If you are bitten by an animal, or are injured or licked, wash the wound or exposed area with a lot of soap and water and seek medical advice without delay
- Once you have symptoms, rabies is almost always fatal
- You can treat rabies with a vaccine before symptoms appear. This is "very effective" when administered immediately after bite with rabies immunoglobulin
- More than 15 million people worldwide receive post-bite doses each year, which is estimated to prevent hundreds of thousands of deaths
- However, effective treatment of rabies is not readily available to those in need.
- Pre-risk immunization is recommended for people who are engaged in certain high-risk occupations or who are traveling far away from rabies
Source: Public Health UK / World Health Organization. BBC