posted on Nov, 9 2018 @ 02:48 AM
Utah man dies from rabies, the first in the state since 1944
SALT LAKE CITY — A Moroni man has died from rabies, the first death of its kind in Utah since 1944. Gary Giles, 55, died Sunday, but
struggled for weeks with a slowly progressing disease that doctors couldn't stop from infecting his brain and other organs, ultimately leading to his
He and his wife, Juanita Giles, didn't realize that the bats that had frequented their home were carriers of a rabid and highly contagious
I thought this was really sad, figured to share to serve as a caution point for people.
"It's very scary and it is creating a bit of a panic," Giles said, adding that she is getting rabies vaccinations — a series of four shots
over two weeks — just in case. Other family members are also getting vaccinated, though the supply of the very expensive vaccine is limited within
I really hope the best for the man's family.
any of us coexist with wildlife whether living in rural wooded areas, to even suburban neighborhoods and with that come in contact with
wildlife. As cute, cuddly some may be, or just fun to handle they present zoonotic disease, and not just that can be a risk to your companion animals
Don't handle bats, as cute or small as they may be, dead or alive. Some areas have very high levels of rabies, others not so much. Good to be
educated on such to take more precaution and of course always have it when entering buildings, etc., that are open to the outside where bats may roost
to where they mostly hunt for food on your property.
Even if they are in your barn, attic or founded injured outside, etc., don't come in contact with them as their very small nails and teeth. That's
due to it being often harder for you to know that you have been scratched by them can transmit the virus. Not only that but their saliva as well.
I've used containers and small animal cages, shooed them into it with out hand contact. That itself is still risky even for animal care workers.
Similar goes for raccoons, don't directly come into contact with them such as feed them from your hands. Rabies aren't the most comfortable
vaccination process for many and that's what you'll end up having if accidentally scratched or bitten. For example canines coming in contact with
raccoon urine can contract Leptospirosis. Humans can contract this as well and you can get it from your dog that contracted it from a raccoon. Make
sure your companion animals are vaccinated.
See more at the op source and the -CDC Rabies Prevention resources
edit on 9-11-2018 by dreamingawake because: edited