Rabies - Bulletin - Europe

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Canadian man died of rabies after bat exposure

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

A few days ago a young Canadian citizen died of bat associated rabies after a bat flew into him outdoors
on Vancouver Island, in daylight. Supposedly, the man had no visible bite or scratch marks and did not
develop symptoms linked to rabies until six weeks later. Unfortunately, he did not seek post-exposure
prophylaxis. The spillover rate of bat associated rabies to humans and animals is considered high
compared to other parts of the world. In Canada, there have been only 24 known cases since the 1920s,
with the most recent in Ontario in 2012 and Alberta in 2007.

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