September 11, 2012 |
Residents of South Dakota's state capital are holding their noses this fall and it has nothing to do with politics. The city of Pierre is being invaded by skunks. Animal control officials say that 60 of the furry little stinkers have been caught since June and in a town of 15,000. That translates to one possible skunk encounter for every 250 residents. But there's an even worse danger: skunks are often rabid. “Skunks are the reservoir of rabies out here on the Great Plains,” South Dakota state epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger told the Los Angeles Times.
August 1, 2012 |
Rabies is generally thought to be universally fatal, but new evidence suggests that is not always the case. A study in Peru suggests that some people -- admittedly a very small percentage of the population -- may have a natural resistance to the rabies virus that protects them from serious illness when they become infected. The results suggest that it may be possible to develop new ways to prevent and treat rabies. Most Americans associate rabies with dogs, but the virus is most commonly carried by bats. Experts estimate that rabies kills at least 55,000 people each year in Africa and Asia alone, and the disease appears to be on the rise in China, the former Soviet republics, and Central and South America.
August 12, 2011 |
The first reported case of human rabies linked to a vampire bat was reported today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The case, which happened about a year ago, resulted in the death of a 19-year-old man from Mexico. In the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report , the case went down this way: The man's mother said her son had been bitten on the heel of his left foot while he was sleeping. The man, who has living in Michoacán, Mexico, apparently never reported the bite or was treated for it. Ten days later he traveled to Louisiana to work at a sugarcane plantation, where after one day of work he got medical help for a variety of symptoms, including fatigue, pain in his left shoulder and numbness in his left hand.
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July 23, 2011 |
Linda Cree and her husband haven't dared to go outside to sit by their pool in the two months since furry black bats began invading their Moorpark backyard. They found three drowned in the pool, she said. Some flopped around on the ground in a pitiful death dance before growing still. She found one clinging to her screen door when she went out to get the morning paper, said Cree, 65, a homemaker. Of the eight bats she reported to Animal Control, seven tested positive for rabies.
January 17, 2010 |
Some raccoons carry it. Dogs can too. And let's not forget bats, cats and rats. USC Coach Kevin O'Neill wants his players to have it as well, since he thinks it will increase their intensity. "I always tell our guys, play like you have a shot of rabies in you," he said after his team's 67-46 win over UCLA at Pauley Pavilion on Saturday. "Play like you have rabies." By his account, they did, minus the foaming mouths. After slow starts in their previous two games -- both losses -- the Trojans came out more aggressively and jumped out to a 30-13 lead in the first half.
October 8, 2008 |
About 90 elementary school students in Stevensville have started a series of rabies shots after a parent let them touch a dead bat that was later confirmed to be rabid. The mother of two students gave presentations last week in five classrooms and allowed the children to touch the dead bat. She offered each student who touched it a sanitary wipe. The students will receive six shots of anti-rabies vaccine, paid for by the school and its liability insurer. The cost could exceed $150,000.