Sunday, August 14, 2011

America's first ever death from vampire bat bite: Teenager dies after being bitten in True Blood state - 13th Aug 2011

A 19-year-old migrant worker from Mexico has become the first person in the U.S. to die of a vampire bat bite.

The unnamed man died just two weeks after he was bitten in his native Michoacan before leaving to work on a sugar cane plantation in Louisiana, the setting for the HBO vampire drama True Blood.

He was taken to a hospital where his condition deteriorated and tests confirmed he had an aggressive form of rabies linked to vampire bats.

On the advice of doctors, his family turned off the life support machine.
Experts warned that although this is the first reported death of a vampire bat in the U.S. more could follow on the back of increased sightings.

Vampire bats are nocturnal mammals which suck the blood of livestock and other wildlife to survive.

They are normally found in countries like Mexico and Brazil but have recently been spotted in rising numbers in states like California.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Mexican man was bitten on his heel while sleeping in his Mexico home on July 15. Read More