Saturday, December 31, 2011

Man critical after contracting first case of rabies in Massachusetts in 75 YEARS after being 'bitten by infected bat'

A Boston man is fighting for his life after contracting human rabies - the first case in Massachusetts in more than 75 years.

It is believed the victim, who is in his 60s adn from Cape Cod, may have been bitten by a rabid bat in his home.

The man, who has not been identified, is in a critical condition and state public health officials say the chances of him surviving the highly deadly disease are poor.

'It is not clear how the man was infected, but there was evidence that he may have been exposed to a rabid bat, said Dr. Al DeMaria, medical director of the state's Bureau of Infectious Disease.

"Over the last few days he wound up being hospitalized with enough clinical symptoms to suggest the potential for rabies," DeMaria said.

Tests performed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the diagnosis on Thursday, he said.

'Unfortunately there have been very few survivors of rabies,' DeMaria added. Read More