Brother and sister die of rabies after multiple 'wild animal' bites

Two children died days apart after being bitten by a rabid wild animal, suspected to be a bat, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.

The state Health Secretariat confirmed the death of an 8-year-old girl from the town of Palo de Lima on Saturday.

The patient had been being treated at the Doctor Aurelio Valdivieso General Hospital in the state capital.

The death comes after the girl's 7-year-old brother died of a rabies infection on December 28.

Rabies is a serious viral disease that affects the brain and spinal cord of mammals.

The virus is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected animal.

However, the disease still causes almost 60,000 deaths a year worldwide

mainly due to exposure to rabid puppies, with the vast majority of cases occurring in Asia and Africa.

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