Vancouver Island man dies after exposure to rabies

Overall in Canada there have been only 24 known cases of viral rabies infections since the

Overall in Canada there have been only 24 known cases of viral rabies infections since the

Family members, close community contacts and health-care workers who cared for the man are being assessed and given post-exposure rabies preventive measures, if needed.

Major, who worked as a taekwondo instructor at Cascadia Martial Arts in Parksville, died Saturday at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver.

He had no visible bite or scratch marks, Henry said.

Bats infected with rabies may also act strangely.

If bit contact a health care provider to have the risk of rabies assessed and the possibility of vaccination.

Bats are the main cause of human rabies and have been for several years, responsible for infecting seven of every 10 people who develop the disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on June 12, 2019.

A 21-year-old man who died from rabies after coming into contact with an infected bat on Vancouver Island this spring encountered the nocturnal mammal in an "unusual" daytime encounter, health officials said Tuesday.

Dr. Bonnie Henry said the man developed symptoms of a viral rabies infection six weeks after an encounter with a bat in mid-May.

According to Global News, the victim's family has stated that the man was not bitten or scratched by the bat.

"Certainly, he did have known direct contact with a bat", she said.

Twenty-five people in Canada have died from rabies since reporting began in 1924, according to the federal government. "So, unfortunately, by the time rabies was considered it was quite late in the course of his illness".

Anyone who comes into contact with a bat is urged to wash the area with soap and water, then see a doctor. But it's very small.

One thing people can do to avoid getting it is to wear long sleeves and trousers if they know they're going to be in an area where they may be bats - whether that's locally or if they're travelling overseas. It is a four-dose series that you need of the vaccine, so we want to make sure that there is a very real, tangible risk before we give it to people. There have only been 24 known cases in Canada since the 1920s.

Henry said skin must be punctured for rabies to be passed from an animal to a human, though it can be hard to tell with a bat scratch.

Rabies is a virus that attacks the nervous system.

In other parts of Canada and North America, strains of rabies virus are present in other species such as raccoons, skunks, foxes and coyotes. Approximately 13% of these animals tested positive for the virus. Some bats with rabies may appear to behave normally. It was only after he mentioned that he had come into contact with a bat that he was tested for rabies.

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