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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
March 24/31, 2020

Hundreds of Health Care Workers Exposed to Rabies

JAMA. 2020;323(12):1125. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.2851

A Utah man who became infected with rabies after handling several bats potentially exposed 279 other people, most of them health workers.

The case was first reported to the Utah Department of Health on November 3, 2018, but the 55-year-old man’s symptoms had begun 18 days earlier. The man initially sought chiropractic care for arm and neck pain he attributed to a previous injury. Two days later he went to the emergency department with ongoing pain, a burning sensation in his arm, and numbness in his hand. He had no fever or chills but reported being unable to drink. He received a prescription steroid and was discharged.