Latest Rabies transmission Stories

Population Control Vampire Bats Makes Rabies Worse
2013-12-03 09:56:01

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Culling vampire bat colonies to slow the spread of rabies in Latin America is ineffective, and could even have the opposite effect, according to research currently appearing in the online edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Vampire bats are known to transmit rabies throughout Latin America and are said to be responsible for thousands of livestock deaths and even a handful of human fatalities...

Donor Kidney With Rabies Kills Recipient
2013-03-15 22:26:04

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) announced today a Maryland man who recently died of rabies contracted the disease when he received an infected transplanted kidney a year and a half ago. As a result of this revelation, three other patients who received organs from the same donor are “doing fine,” but have been given rabies shots as a precaution, according to CDC officials. The doctors who...

2012-06-13 10:17:27

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com South American vampire bats continue to spread the rabies virus to both livestock and humans despite widespread culling of the flying bloodsuckers. According to a new study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B by a team of North and South American researchers, the vampire bat population control efforts not only do not mitigate the spread of the virus–they may actually drive up the ratio of bats carrying it. The researchers, led by...

2009-09-28 12:05:55

The Chinese government reported that China is second only to India in the number of people worldwide who are killed by rabies every year, making the disease one of the nation's biggest public health threats, AFP reported. A statement released by the health ministry said China is one of the countries most severely affected by rabies, and in recent years the number of annual reported deaths from rabies has averaged around 2,400. "It is only inferior in number to India, and gives us the world's...

2009-07-17 07:00:00

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., July 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Rabies is a virus that occurs in mammals and infects the central nervous system; the disease can cause death in humans if it is not treated. Nearly 90 percent of cases occur in wild animals (raccoons, bats, foxes etc.); less than 10% of cases occur in domestic animals like dogs or cats. Humans usually become infected when they are bitten by an infected animal. Early symptoms of rabies are fever, headache and general malaise. Since these are...

2008-08-28 09:01:23

State health officials say the supply of rabies vaccine for humans is limited nationwide due to a higher demand and a production delay, and they're advising people to take steps to reduce the risks. The Health Department says rabies vaccine for pets is still widely available. Health officials are urging people to keep their pets up to date on vaccinations and to avoid unknown, stray or wild animals or contact with the saliva of livestock that are ill. They also want people to report animals...

2008-07-26 15:00:43

By Colleen Lamay, The Idaho Statesman, Boise Jul. 26--Health officials are warning the public to stay away from bats and to make sure their pets are current on vaccinations after two rabid bats were found in Ada County. Two rabid bats also were recently reported in Kootenai County. No information was available on the circumstances surrounding the four cases, but rabid bats are not unusual in Idaho. Last year, 12 rabid bats were reported statewide. Rabies causes a fatal viral...

2005-06-13 16:18:31

CHICAGO "“ A new report describes details of the clinical, radiological and pathological findings of four patients who received organs or tissue from a single donor, contracted rabies from the transplant and subsequently died, according to a study in the June issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Previous articles have already described summaries of these cases, which occurred in May 2004. Rabies has been described as an unpredictable disease whose only...

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