In the United States, the landscape of rabies transmission has shifted over the last 70 years. Following a massive campaign to vaccinate dogs starting in 1947, rabies deaths linked to dog bites and scratches have dropped, and those from wild animals now carry a greater share of the blame. Since 1960, bats have caused 62, or roughly 70 percent, of the 89 deaths from rabies exposure that occurred in the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says in a report released June 12. About two people die from rabies in the United States every year. In 2015, the CDC noticed that bats were surpassing raccoons in animals testing positive for rabies. The agency also noticed an uptick in the number of mass bat exposures, when 10 or more people are exposed to a possibly rabid bat. This happens most often where bats are found living in homes, dorms or campgrounds. The vast majority of bats, about 94 percent, tested do not have rabies and the CDC estimates … [Read more...] about Bats are the main cause of rare rabies deaths in the U.S.
Associated Press Published 9:52 PM EDT Mar 15, 2019 Rochester Hills – A skunk found in Oakland County has been confirmed to have rabies. Oakland County health officials say Friday that the skunk was removed from a location in Rochester Hills. Health officer Leigh-Anne Stafford said in a release that rabies most often is found in bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes. The rabies virus is found in the saliva of infected animals and is spread through bites or scratches. Symptoms in animals include general sickness, swallowing problems and excessive drooling, slow and unusual movement, no apparent fear of humans and aggression. Officials say rabies can become fatal in humans after symptoms begin to occur. Deaths can be prevented with a vaccine administered immediately after exposure. … [Read more...] about Health officials confirm rabies in skunk in Rochester Hills
A NBA game got a little batty last week when a confused-looking bat flew into the arena, interrupting play between the Indiana Pacers and the Los Angeles Clippers. Now, health officials say some people who attended the game may have been exposed to rabies. On Thursday (Feb. 7) a bat swooped into the Bankers Life Fieldhouse arena in Indianapolis and darted around the court and fans' seats. Videos of the game show officials and fans swatting at the bat with towels or even their hands to get the flying mammal to leave. Over the weekend, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) issued a statement saying that anyone who had direct contact with the bat — meaning they touched the bat with their bare skin — may have been exposed to rabies, and these individuals should get in touch with the ISDH or their healthcare provider about receiving rabies vaccinations. So far, there have been no reports of anyone touching the bat with bare skin, the statement said. Rabies is a … [Read more...] about Bat on the Loose at NBA Game May Have Exposed Fans to Rabies
A Virginia woman died of rabies after being bitten by a dog infected with the virus in India, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed. It happened last spring, after the 65-year-old returned home from an extended stay in India for a yoga retreat. She's the ninth U.S. resident to die of rabies after being exposed to the disease while traveling abroad since 2008, according to the CDC.In a case study published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), doctors said the woman first began experiencing symptoms on May 3, 2017. She reported pain and a tingling sensation in her right arm while gardening. Three days later she went to an urgent care facility where she was misdiagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome.The next day, her symptoms worsened and she was hospitalized with shortness of breath, anxiety, insomnia, and difficulty swallowing water. Her test results appeared normal and doctors treated her for a presumed panic attack. She was … [Read more...] about Virginia woman dies from rabies after dog bite in India
When a Virginia woman went to the emergency room with shortness of breath, anxiety, sleeping troubles and difficulty swallowing water, doctors thought she was having a panic attack. But her symptoms were actually due to something much rarer: she had a rabies infection — one that would prove fatal — which she contracted from a dog bite while on a yoga retreat in India, according to a new report. The case marks only the ninth time in the past decade that a person has died from rabies in the U.S. from an infection acquired abroad, according to the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The tragic case highlights the need for travelers to be aware of the risks of rabies when visiting certain countries and to receive "preexposure" rabies vaccines before travel when recommended, the report said. [The 9 Deadliest Viruses on Earth] The report is published in the Jan. 4 issue of the CDC journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The 65-year-old … [Read more...] about Doctors Thought a Woman Was Having a Panic Attack. She Actually Had Rabies.