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Postby Squirrel Girl » Oct 21, 2006 6:39 pm

When I was driving back from Iowa the other day, I heard a news report in Indiana. Someone was bitten by a bat, didn't get medical help, and came down with rabies months later. It was the first case of rabies in humans in Indiana since 1959.

http://www.fox28.com/News/index.php?ID=6504
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Postby Lava tuber » Oct 24, 2006 3:34 pm

whats up with all this rabies out break? in our local paper they were saying that the out break in our area is affecting 1in 5 bats and dead bats are seen in caves since last winter. what causes bats to get rabies?
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Postby wendy » Nov 2, 2006 10:22 pm

Ind. Girl Dies of Rabies After Bat Bite
INDIANAPOLIS — A 10-year-old girl who was diagnosed with Indiana's first confirmed case of rabies in nearly half a century died Thursday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Shannon Carroll had been bitten by a rapid bat in June and had been hospitalized since early October, said Riley Hospital for Children spokeswoman Jo Ann Klooz said.

More than 30 of the girl's relatives, friends and classmates were offered injections to prevent the spread of the disease. Some parents whose children attend the girl's school in Bourbon, 25 miles south of South Bend, worried about possible exposure since rabies can stay dormant for more than a year.

Rabies is a viral disease transmitted to humans and other animals through saliva, usually in a bite. It attacks the brain and nervous system and typically leads to death once symptoms appear. Human-to-human transmission of rabies is possible through direct contact with saliva, health officials said.

State records show Indiana's last human rabies case was in 1959, when a Sullivan County resident died from the disease.

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Postby graveleye » Nov 3, 2006 3:31 pm

hehe... what a bat gets rabies from a human, well THAT will be news! :tonguecheek:
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