UNR Professor Potentially Saves Life of Reno Woman Bitten by Wild Monkey Overseas
A local professor potentially saved the life of a Reno woman bitten by a wild monkey, overseas. Dr. Steven Zell coordinated her medical treatment, half a world away.
A local professor potentially saved the life of a Reno woman bitten by a wild monkey, overseas.
Last month, Lisa Leiden traveled to South Africa on vacation. During her trip, she was bitten by wild monkey. Since the attack was unprovoked, a sign of a rabid animal, she immediately contacted Dr. Steven Zell, Professor of Medicine at University of Nevada, Reno. They both feared the possibility of a rabies infection.
Dr. Steven Zell, also a member of the International Society of Travel Medicine, coordinated potentially life-saving treatment, half a world away.
Dr. Zell says, "I contacted one of my peers from the International Society of Travel Medicine and found an excellent clinic for her in Johannesburg, South Africa." He continues, "They had in stock, rabies immune globulin, which is really difficult to get."
Lisa was treated within three days of her bite, and luckily never developed the rabies virus--which is fatal if left untreated.
Dr. Zell says it's important for anyone who is traveling internationally, especially to areas with high instances of the virus, to take preventative measures. If you'd like to see a checklist, as well as Lisa Leiden's full story, click here.