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ظ, 03 ѹҤ 2008
State health officials report Missouri's first human death from
rabies in nearly a half-century. The victim is identified only as a
55-year-old southern Missouri man who died Sunday [30 Nov 2008],
about 6 weeks after he was bitten by a bat.

In a statement Monday [1 Dec 2008], the Missouri Department of Health
and Senior Services called it the state's 1st human rabies death
since 1959. That one occurred in Pulaski County.

Officials say the latest victim was bitten on the left ear by a bat
in mid-October [2008] and became ill with rabies symptoms [19 Nov
2008].

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed last
week that the man had a rabies virus associated with silver-haired
and eastern pipistrelle bats.

Rabies isn't spread by casual human contact. But 5 people who might
have had contact with the bat or the patient are receiving preventive
treatment.

 

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