A spokesman for the Whittington Hospital said the man was thought to have contracted a potentially infectious disease on a recent trip to Africa. "The risk of transmission of rabies from person to person is extremely small. Nevertheless, those who have been in contact with the saliva of the infected person have been offered immunisation," he said.
Post mortem examination results on a young man suspected to have died of rabies are due to be released today. The man had been admitted to Whittington Hospital, north London, and had died on Sunday at Coppetts Wood hospital.