Woman dies of rabies after bite from puppy she rescued

The 24 year-old Norwegian woman was bitten by

The 24 year-old Norwegian woman was bitten by

Per a statement given to the Daily Mail, via the New York Post, Kallestad and her pals were zipping around on mopeds when they spotted a stray puppy on the side of the road. It wasn't until Saturday (May 4) that officials confirmed she had rabies, Fox News reported.

It was the first rabies-related death in Norway in more than 200 years.

Initial symptoms of rabies include a fever and headaches, but as the disease worsens patients can suffer hallucinations, muscle spasms and respiratory failure.

The young woman, a hospital employee, started feeling ill after her return to Norway and was put into intensive care at Forde hospital, where she worked and where she passed away on Monday evening.

Birgitte's family are now campaigning for rabies to be included on the program for the Philippines and other places where it is is possible to contract the disease from street animals.

"Our dear Birgitte loved animals", her family said in a statement.

'Our fear is that this will happen to others who have a warm heart like her.

"If we manage to achieve this, the death of our sunbeam can save others". Kallestad, a health worker back in Norway, was said to have cleared and sterilized the cuts but did not seek further medical attention because they were so small.

Rabies is a virus that can be transmitted from animals to humans via bites and saliva, and it can prove fatal if not treated early.

Rabies is a viral infection which targets the nervous system and the brain.

Rabies remains endemic in more than 120 countries, mostly areas with inadequate public health resources and limited access to preventive treatment, according to the CDC.

There are about 55,000 cases of rabies worldwide each year with most cases occurring in Africa and Asia.