Saturday, December 17, 2011

Woman contracts first case of rabies in South Carolina in 50 years after likely being bitten by bat in her house - 17th Dec 2011

A middle-aged woman in South Carolina has contracted the state's first case of human rabies in more than 50 years.

Though her name and age have not been released, doctors do not sound optimistic about her condition.

'Tragically, rabies almost always ends in death,' said Dr. Eric Brenner, epidemiologist with the state Department of Health and Environmental Control's Bureau of Disease Control.

'There are only about one to three cases of human rabies each year in this country,' he continued.

Mr Brenner said health officials believe the woman likely was bitten by a bat that entered her home a few months ago. Read More