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Rabies is a rapidly progressive, incurable viral encephalitis that is,
with rare exception, transmitted by the bite of an infected mammal. On September
14, 2003, a previously healthy man aged 66 years who resided in Trinity County,
California, died from rabies approximately 6 weeks after being bitten by a
bat. This report summarizes the investigation by the Trinity and Shasta County
Health Departments and the California Department of Health Services (CDHS).
Persons should avoid direct contact with bats; however, if such contact occurs,
the exposed person should visit a health-care provider immediately, and the
exposure should be reported to local public health officials.
Human Death Associated with Bat Rabies—California, 2003. JAMA. 2004;291(7):816–817. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.291.7.816
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