FOLLOW-UP REPORTS: MASSACHUSETTS confirms Cape Cod man with RABIES was bitten by BROWN BAT.

Little Brown Bat. Photo by MassWildlife.

Follow-Up Reports:

(See January 2, 2012: MASSACHUSETTS man diagnosed with HUMAN RABIES rule.)

Massachusetts 01/03/12 capecodonline.com: The state public health department has confirmed that a bat was responsible for the first case of but in more than 75 years in Massachusetts. The victim, a man in his 60s from Cape Cod, was likely bitten by the bat in his home. Officials said last week that the man, whose name has not been released, was in critical condition. Department of Public Health spokesman John Jacobs said Tuesday the agency was not expecting to release further updates on the man’s condition. Jacobs says tests conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that the disease was transmitted by one of two species of brown bat, both of which are relatively common to Massachusetts. – For complete article see http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120103/NEWS11/120109939/-1/rss01

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