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State’s First Rabies In Human Since 1935: Barnstable Man Ill

This just in from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health — please be sure to read down to the helpful tips, and to the very bottom where the public health commissioner says there’s no reason to believe that the risk of the exceedingly rare disease is higher than usual:

STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE FIRST HUMAN CASE OF RABIES ACQUIRED IN MASSACHUSETTS IN 75 YEARS

Rare but life-threatening disease still requires caution

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that a Barnstable County man in his 60s has been diagnosed with rabies and remains hospitalized in critical condition. The diagnosis was confirmed by testing done at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is the first case of rabies acquired in Massachusetts since 1935 and serves as a reminder that although the risk of rabies is low, the disease still exists in Massachusetts. The Department of Public Health is awaiting confirmation from the CDC regarding the species that infected this Massachusetts resident. Most cases of human rabies occurring in the U.S. have been associated with exposure to bats. Continue reading

There Goes The Neighborhood: Rabid Bat Found In Back Bay

A bat found in the Back Bay tested positive for rabies, health officials said.

Officials urge anyone who has been in contact with the rabid bat to seek treatment. Here’s the press release from the Boston Public Health Commission:

A bat found on the sidewalk yesterday afternoon in front of 244 Clarendon Street in the Back Bay tested positive today for rabies, and Boston Public Health Commission officials are asking anyone who had direct contact with the rabid bat to notify them and to contact their healthcare provider.

Boston Animal Control officers, responding to multiple calls from the neighborhood, picked up the rabid bat late Tuesday afternoon from the sidewalk on Clarendon Street and took it to the Massachusetts State Laboratory for testing. Animal Control officers said at least two reports suggested someone had been bitten by the rabid bat. Continue reading