CDC Reports First Death In U.S. From Vampire Bat

The Centers for Disease Control has released information about the first reported death from a vampire bat in the United States.

The CDC reports a migrant farm worker, age 19, was bitten and developed a vampire bat rabies virus variant.

The man was hospitalized in Louisiana in July 2010 with encephalitis. The CDC reports he developed acute neurologic symptoms at the end of July, shortly after arriving in the United States from Michoacan, Mexico.

He died a month later.

His mother reported that he had been bitten by a bat in July in Mexico but had not sought medical care. That's according to the CDC.

Treatment was offered to 27 of the patient's contacts in Louisiana and 68 healthcare workers involved in his care.

The CDC reports "although bats have become the primary source of human rabies in the United States, this is the first reported death from a vampire bat rabies virus variant in the United States. Clinicians caring for patients with acute progressive encephalitis should consider rabies in the differential diagnosis and implement early infection control measures."

The CDC reported the case in its August 12, 2011 Morbidity and Mortality weekly report.

The CDC also reports "although vampire bats currently are found only in Latin America, research suggests that the range of these bats might be expanding as a result of changes in climate. Expansion of vampire bats into the United States likely would lead to increased bat exposures to both humans and animals (including domestic livestock and wildlife species) and substantially alter rabies virus dynamics and ecology in the southern United States."

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  • by newsworthy on Aug 13, 2011 at 06:21 PM
    um he died of RABIES. thats nothing new.
  • by Tru Blood on Aug 13, 2011 at 01:51 PM
    This can't be Bon Temp....they don't turn into bats.
  • by What? on Aug 12, 2011 at 06:59 PM
    So the man dies in 2010. And the CDC reported it in their WEEKLY REPORT a year later? WHAT?
  • by marbles Location: gville on Aug 12, 2011 at 06:29 PM
    Lesson learned: If you get bitten, seek medical attention!
  • by ME on Aug 12, 2011 at 04:28 PM
    guess it's not the water then
  • by Fran on Aug 12, 2011 at 01:26 PM
    While rabies is nothing to play games with and is 99.9% fatal if not treated. Wonder how this works with the CDC's last warning "Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse" Does this government agencies really expect people to take them at what they say after their Zombie Apolcalypse warning?
  • by Dracula Location: Transilvania on Aug 12, 2011 at 12:16 PM
    I just vvanted to suck his blood
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      by ANONYMOUS on Aug 12, 2011 at 02:26 PM in reply to Dracula
      This is not a joke. A bat got in my house and bit me. Called animal control to have the bat tested and they said they did not send off bats. At er the doctor told me not to send off bat and nurse said needed to send off bat. Had to do the rabies vaccine-it was horrible but the alternative was worse. Bats are deadly-use precaution.
  • by Joe on Aug 12, 2011 at 11:44 AM
    No story here I agree with y'all. I was in Panama with the Army for a while and we really didn't have a problem with these bats. Couple of people got bitten but no real health problems.
  • by Richard Location: Edenton on Aug 12, 2011 at 11:03 AM
    This is a stupid headline filled with Liberal lies.
  • by Dawg on Aug 12, 2011 at 10:36 AM
    The only blood sucking vampires we have to worry about in the USA are our so called representatives in Washington, DC.
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