Illinois man dies after catching rabies from an apparent bat bite while he slept at home


This report comes from CBS Chicago.

Chicago — The Illinois Department of Public Health on Tuesday reported the primary human case of rabies within the state since 1954 in a man who died after apparently being bitten by a bat. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the prognosis after testing at its lab, the department said.

In mid-August, a Lake County man in his 80s woke as much as discover a bat on his neck, the division stated. The bat was captured and went on to check optimistic for rabies.

This month, the man began experiencing signs related to rabies — together with neck ache, a headache, numbness, tough controlling his arms, finger numbness, and problem talking. The man has since died.

People who had contact with secretions from the man had been assessed and given rabies preventative remedy as wanted, the division stated.

“Rabies has the highest mortality rate of any disease,” IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike stated in a information launch. “However, there is life-saving treatment for individuals who quickly seek care after being exposed to an animal with rabies. If you think you may have been exposed to rabies, immediately seek medical attention and follow the recommendations of health care providers and public health officials.”

Human circumstances of rabies are uncommon, with one to 3 circumstances reported nationwide every year. But rabies exposures stay widespread, and an estimated 60,000 Americans obtain post-exposure vaccines every year. The rabies virus assaults the central nervous system and causes illness and brain loss of life, the division famous.

A wildlife biologist checks the wings of a Big Brown Bat in an undated file photograph. The species is widespread throughout a lot of the continental United States.


Bats are probably the most commonly-identified animals with rabies in Illinois. A bat colony was discovered within the home of the man who died.

While folks often know if they’ve been bitten by a bat, bats even have very small tooth and bite marks could be exhausting to see, the division stated. If you end up close to a bat and are not certain should you had been uncovered — akin to should you get up to discover a bat in your room — you shouldn’t launch the bat because it must be captured for rabies testing.

You also needs to name your physician or native well being division to find out whether or not you might have been uncovered to rabies and wish preventative remedy, in addition to your animal care and management division to take away the bat safely.

A complete of 30 bats have examined optimistic for rabies this year in Illinois.

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