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Man, 28, Dies; Rabies Called Likely Cause

April 01, 2002|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A 28-year-old Willows man died Sunday afternoon from what appeared to be rabies, according to a Glenn County health official.

If the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms rabies was the cause, the death would be the third time that a Californian has contracted rabies and died in the last seven years, said Dennis Galvon, medical health officer for Glenn County.

Galvon said the man was taken off life support at Enloe Medical Center about 2:40 p.m. Earlier tests left doctors and public health officials 90% sure rabies caused his death, Galvon said.

The man probably contracted the disease from contact with bats in his home but failed to come in early enough for treatment, Galvon said.

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