THIS WEEK IN 1986: Dog bite the cause of rabies death

Rabies victim Lesley Smith died because she tried to separate two fighting dogs.

Thursday, 5th October 2017, 7:00 am

She was bitten on her little finger in Lusaka, Zambia, three months before the first symptoms of the killer disease appeared.

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If she had sought help after the incident, Mrs Smith, 45, would not have died, a pathologist told a Portsmouth inquest.

Mrs Smith died in Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, after arriving in England for a holiday with relatives.