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Sam's rabies warning after cat attack

Former model Samantha Fox told today how she was bitten by a "crazy cat" while on holiday as she warned of the health dangers of travel.

Fox needed urgent treatment for rabies while on a break in Thailand and hopes her experience will highlight the importance of visiting a doctor before travelling.

Her message coincides with World Rabies Day. There have been recent outbreaks of the disease in Bali and Peru.

Fox said: "I travel all over the world as part of my job and often go to exotic locations. However, I did not seek medical advice before this trip as I always thought that I was aware of most health issues.

"My experience in Thailand has taught me that I was not aware enough and I now wish I had booked that appointment with my doctor."

The reality TV star visited the popular tourist resort of Koh Samui and had to seek urgent medical attention after being bitten by a stray cat.

She said: "I was out for a meal and there were a number of stray cats around the restaurant.

"I fed the cat some scraps of food from my plate, and thought we were getting on well as it sat by my feet. As I went to stroke the cat, it bit me so hard the wound went down to the bone.

Fox said her holiday was ruined and her life potentially put at risk after the bite from the seemingly tame cat.

"The owner of the restaurant told me that it was a crazy cat and that I needed to get myself to the hospital or clinic within 24 hours."

She was immediately given anti-rabies jabs in Thailand, completing the course of five injections back in the UK, and did not contract the disease.

If a person is not treated immediately after being bitten and develops rabies symptoms, it almost always leads to death.