Briton has died of rabies after being bitten by a cat while on holiday in Morocco, according to Public Health England (PHE).

PHE issued a warning to travellers after the UK resident contracted the disease.

Rabies is a rare but very serious infection of the brain and nerves and is nearly always fatal, according to the NHS.

Rabies does not circulate in either wild or domestic animals in the UK, but between 2000 and 2017 five UK residents became infected with rabies after “animal exposures abroad”, PHE added.

The government body released information about the case along with travel advice to tourists who are bitten and scratched by an animal abroad.

The man was bitten by a rabid cat (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

They added: “This reminder comes after a UK resident sadly died after becoming infected with rabies following a cat bite during a visit to Morocco.

“There is no risk to the wider public in relation to this case but, as a precautionary measure, health workers and close contacts are being assessed and offered vaccination when necessary.

“Human rabies is extremely rare in the UK. No human cases of rabies acquired in the UK from animals other than bats have been reported since 1902.

“A single case of human rabies acquired from a bat was reported in 2002 in Scotland; this individual had sustained a number of bat bites. 5 cases of human rabies associated with animal exposures abroad occurred between 2000 and 2017.”

Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisations at PHE, said: “This is an important reminder of the precautions people should take when travelling to countries where rabies is present.

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“Human rabies is extremely rare in the UK. No human cases of rabies acquired in the UK from animals other than bats have been reported since 1902.

“A single case of human rabies acquired from a bat was reported in 2002 in Scotland; this individual had sustained a number of bat bites. 5 cases of human rabies associated with animal exposures abroad occurred between 2000 and 2017.”

Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisations at PHE, said: “This is an important reminder of the precautions people should take when travelling to countries where rabies is present.

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