After waking up, the man realized he had a bat on his neck. The animal was examined and found to have rabies. Illinois Department of Public Health (IDBH) “Victims refused treatment.”
Over the next few weeks, he began to experience neck pain, headaches, loss of sensation in the fingers, and difficulty in controlling hand movements.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed he had rabies. Bats habitat was found in his home. “Rabies deaths are very high in all diseases. However, if we react immediately after contact with infected animals, rabies can be treated and lives can be saved,” said Dr. Nkosi Ezike, Director, IDPH.
Can be infected through direct contact with an animal infected with rabies, e.g. Through saliva, CDC reports. The virus attacks the central nervous system and causes brain disease, which can be fatal if left untreated. In the United States, the disease is rare in humans, but 60,000 each year. Americans are vaccinated after contact with an infected organism.
The director of IDPH warns that you will not often notice a bite from a bat because these mammals have small teeth and the marks may be subtle. If an animal is encountered, it should not be released until it is tested for the presence of the virus. Most people are infected with rabies from bats. According to the 2019 CDC report, they cause infection in seven out of ten cases.
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