In this instance, however, it seems the girl contracted the disease in Nicaragua, according to Dr. Teresita Solano of the Ministry of Health’s Epidemiological Surveillance Unit.
According to Dr. Solano, the girl was bitten by a fox about a year ago in her native country.
Dr. Solano said the incubation period for rabies is usually eight to ten weeks, but in rare cases can last more than twelve months.
Solano said the girl’s life could have been saved had her parents sought medical attention immediately after the bite.
“If she had been treated after the bite, she would have been saved,” Solano said.
The girl entered the country earlier this year. She first developed symptoms on August 8th, when she was admitted to the National Children’s Hospital.
A 9-year-old boy died from rabies last month after being bitten by a squirrel in the Osa area. In that case, health officials also indicated that the boy’s life could have been saved if his parents had sought medical attention immediately.