Sunday, July 20, 2014

Rabies Death in Costa Rica

Human deaths from rabies are alway awful.  Story here.
The child lived in the Osa area, and was bitten by the squirrel on May 5th.  Apparently the boy was eating a sweet, which the squirrel tried to take from the boy, biting him in the process

Friday, June 28, 2013

3 Rabies cases in North Baltimore

According to the Baltimore Sun, three rabid animals -- two cats and a fox -- have been found and killed in recent weeks.   According to ABC News, the cases and dates are:

June 5: A cat was found in the 300 block of Rossiter Avenue.  A resident thought the cat had been hit by a car and transported it to Falls Road Animal Hospital for emergency care.  The cat was then taken to a second animal hospital where it was euthanized and submitted to the state public health laboratory for rabies testing.
June 18: A cat was found lying in a yard in the unit block of Warrenton Road.  A resident took the cat to Falls Road Animal Hospital where it was euthanized and sent for rabies testing.
- June 25: A Baltimore City Animal Control Officer picked up a fox that was displaying neurological symptoms (unsteady and dragging itself) in the 1100 block of Bellemore Road.  The fox was euthanized at the city animal shelter and sent for rabies testing.

The Commissioner of Health calls the events "an opportunity to be educated."

Friday, June 21, 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Rabid Raccoon attacks in Ocean City, Maryland

According to local news sources, a raccoon that attacked a man in Ocean City this week tested positive for rabies.  Other sources say the same raccoon attacked two others:
The health department reported it was notified Tuesday morning that there was an aggressive raccoon near Northside Park that attacked one person and charged at two others. Officials confirmed that the racoon was later captured and put down.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

"World War Z" and rabies

Readers heading to see the new Brad Pitt film, World War Z, will catch allusions to rabies.  Zombies are not rabid.  Rabies kills.  Zombies are forever.

The film is terrifying, by the way, so see it even if it isn't about rabies.

Here is some background about the relationship between Zombies and rabies.  

Connecting zombies to rabies isn’t a stretch, it turns out. Rabies is a real and terrifying neurological disease that, when contracted in humans, can make the victim appear zombie-like (fatigue, vision disturbances, slurred speech, loss of coordination) and, if the infection reaches the brain, it is one of the few diseases that is 100 percent fatal and for which there is still no known cure. Once bitten by an infected animal, the human victim begins showing symptoms much like the flu, becoming weak, feverish, and plagued by headaches for several days.
Spanish physician Juan Gomez-Alonso explains four connections between rabies and vampire myths in a 1998Neurology journal article, the most obvious being infection through the blood via bites. Rabies victims also often suffer from facial spasms, lending them an animalistic appearance. The third connection is the time frame: vampire lore had them living for forty days before being turned, the same amount of time it usually takes for the victim of a rabies attack to die after their initial bite. 
Here is an excerpt from Monica Murphy and Bill Wasik's excellent and thorough Rabid:  

Monday, June 17, 2013

Skunks with Rabies in TX

Apparently there are records being set in Texas for skunks with Rabies.  According to news stories,
With three more confirmed rabies cases in June — two in Copperas Cove and one in Gatesville — 2013 is on pace to be the worst rabies season in Coryell County in more than a decade.
All but two of the 18 cases of rabies detected in animals involve skunks.  The rest, raccoons.

In unrelated Texas rabies news, a Guatemalan man in immigration custody died of rabies contracted before he reached the border.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

After nearly four decades, Rabies in Spain

According to news reports, a pit bull that attacked several children last week tested positive for rabies, the first confirmed case since 1975.
The dog bit three children, aged two, six and twelve, as well as a 17-year old male in the village of Arges, near Toledo, early this month. It was immediately destroyed and was confirmed to have been rabid following tests on Monday. All were discharged after being given rabies innoculations, apart from the two-year-old who was kept in hospital after being bitten in the face.