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Friday August 12, 2011

First Recorded U.S. Death from Vampire Bat Bite Kills 19-Yr-Old Migrant Farm Worker

First Recorded U.S. Death from Vampire Bat Bite Kills 19-Yr-Old Migrant Farm Worker

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The first recorded case of death from a vampire bat bite has occurred with the passing of a 19-year old migrant farm worker from human rabies. 

The case is believed to have happened a year ago with the 19-year old having been bitten in Michoacan, Mexico and then coming to work the fields in Louisiana.  The Center for Disease Control only reported the case today. 

The vampire bat bit the unidentified man on the foot while he slept.  Ten days after the bit he came to work in the fields and became severely ill; when most known diseases were eliminated as the cause doctors determined he had human rabies. 

Those individuals that came in contact with the man were notified of their possible exposure risks.  Though this is the first case of human rabies coming from a vampire bat bite, in Latin America vampire bat bits are the number 1 cause of human rabies there.

The CDC in reporting this death also noted that “research suggests that the range of these bats might be expanding as a result of changes in climate.”