70% of Americans who die from rabies in the US were infected by bats – CDC Vital Signs As the weather warms up in King County, adult bats come out of hibernation, baby bats are learning to fly, and humans get outdoors, which means a big increase in human-bat interactions compared to other times of year. Bats can be infected with rabies and can spread that infection to humans who have bare skin contact with bats or bat saliva. During May to July 2019, we’ve received fewer reports of exposures to bats (73 reports) than the same time period in 2018 (105 reports). One potential explanation for this decrease is that people are doing a good job taking proper precautions to prevent bat exposures. To help keep up the good work, we’ve compiled seven important things to know about bats and rabies. Please share this information with your friends, family, and children to make sure … [Read more...] about 7 things you should know about bats & rabies
Bats and rabies
Live By TOBY BILANOW JULY 25, 2019 1Americans eat, on average, about how many teaspoons of sugar a day? 9 18 28 42 2Lab rats that had weights tied to their rear ends and made to climb ladders, in a simulation of weight training, showed signs of: Spinal atrophy Memory enhancement Slowed aging Better blood sugar control 3New doctors going through the rigors of residency training showed shortening of these cell structures, a sign of premature aging: Chromatids Centromeres Telomeres Chromosomes 4Among American men at high-risk of contracting H.I.V., about what percentage take a PrEP regimen to prevent infection? 5 percent 15 percent 35 percent 65 percent 5Drowning is most common among children ages 1 to 4, as well as in children in this age group: 5 to 7 8 to 11 12 to 14 15 to 19 6Two states now allow students to take mental health sick days. Those states are: California and New York Vermont and Washington Oregon and Utah Texas and Minnesota 7Nearly 60,000 people around the … [Read more...] about Weekly Health Quiz: Sugar, Weight Training and Rabies
close Video Family mourning dad's rabies death receives hefty bill for relatives' vaccines The widow of Gary Giles, who died from rabies in November, was contacted two days after his death by the Utah Department of Health urging her and her relatives to get preventative vaccinations immediately. Juanita Giles alleges she was told not to worry about the cost, but now the family members are facing a $50,000 hospital bill they received for those preventative vaccinations. Contact with infected bats is the leading cause of rabies deaths in the U.S., according to a Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC officials say bats are responsible for roughly 7 in 10 human rabies deaths in this country. Limited studies suggest only 1 percent of wild bats carry the rabies virus. However, public health officials say with urban growth, more bats are sharing close quarters with humans, increasing the chances of exposure. And in 2015, … [Read more...] about CDC warns bats pose rabies risk to humans
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Feb. 11, 2019, 12:52 PM GMT By Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana health officials say people who had contact with a bat last week during an Indiana Pacers game have possibly been exposed to rabies. The Indiana State Department of Health says anyone who may have touched the bat with bare skin when it flew around at the Pacers game Thursday in Indianapolis is urged to contact the department or a health care provider about receiving rabies vaccinations. The game was against the Los Angeles Clippers. The department says the rabies status of the bat, which is no longer inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse, is unknown. Health officials say a person is considered potentially exposed to rabies only if direct contact occurs between a bat and the person's bare skin. So far there have been no reports of anyone having direct contact with the bat. … [Read more...] about Fans at Pacers game who had contact with bat face rabies exposure
Researchers have discovered six people living in remote areas of Peru (Truenococha and Santa Marta) with natural antibodies against rabies despite never having received a vaccination for this deadly virus. They hypothesize that vampire bats actually transmitted small doses of the virus to people over time creating the natural antibodies. All six individuals reported having been exposed to the bats either through a bite or direct contact (scratch, touching). While the levels of antibodies in the individuals were low, they might be enough to trigger an immune response against the rabies virus if exposed. Since this was such a small sample of people with natural immunity against the virus, more studies are needed to verify if repeated exposure to the bats (and hence small doses of the virus) really would be sufficient to build up natural antibodies to thwart an infection. Source: Gilbert AT, Petersen BW, Recuenco S, Niezgoda M, Gomez J, Laguna-Torres VA, and Rupprecht … [Read more...] about New rabies vaccine: vampire bats?