This tragic case demonstrates the importance of being informed about rabies and acting quickly in the event of a bite or scratch by a mammal in a rabies-endemic country.
Prevention: Avoid contact with animals! Do not feed animals either! Pre-exposure vaccination (2 injections and a booster after 1 year) is recommended especially for travelers with increased individual risk (traveling with two-wheelers, to remote areas, long-term stays, small children, cave explorers, contact with bats, etc.).
Behavior after exposure: After an animal bite/scratch: Immediately wash the wound with running water and soap for 15 minutes, then disinfect and in any case visit a good medical facility as soon as possible for follow-up vaccination!
For more information: see flyer rabies.