Teenager's rabies death confirmed

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A teenager, bitten by an animal on a trip to Nigeria, died from rabies, medical experts confirmed after a post-mortem examination yesterday.

The 18-year-old died on Sunday night at Coppetts Wood Hospital in north London, which specialises in infectious diseases, after he had been admitted to a casualty department at the nearby Whittington hospital the previous day. Hospital staff who came into contact with the unnamed man are to have a series of immunisation injections.