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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A rabid bat crawled out from under a rack at a discount shoe store and bit a 6-year-old boy on the foot, officials said. The incident occurred Tuesday at a Payless Shoe Source. Kern County Animal Control Services workers captured the bat and it tested positive for rabies, said Animal Control Division Chief Denise Haynes. The virus is potentially fatal, but the boy was undergoing treatment and "doing fine," said Claudia Jonah of the county health department.
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NATIONAL
May 11, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A teenager bitten by a bat while he slept in his Houston-area home was in critical condition with rabies, health officials said. The boy did not know he had been bitten until he got sick, which Harris County veterinarian Dawn Blackmar said was not unusual because bats have "very, very tiny" teeth. Harris County Health Department official Dr. Herminia Palacio said the boy's chance of survival was poor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Humboldt County health officials are warning residents about a possible rabies outbreak after three residents killed aggressive foxes. Two weeks ago, a woman was bitten by a fox that tested positive for the disease. She killed the fox with a rake and is being treated. Two other people approached by foxes shot the animals in the head, killing them. Authorities say the foxes' aggressive behavior means they were probably infected.
NATIONAL
December 25, 2005 | From Associated Press
Last December, Jeanna Giese spent Christmas in a hospital, unable to speak or walk as she suffered from the effects of rabies. This year, the 16-year-old is celebrating her improbable survival at home with her family. The teenager, who is the world's only known unvaccinated human rabies survivor, is regaining her ability to walk and talk. She has returned to school, and has plans to return to the volleyball team next year and, eventually, attend college.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2005 | From Associated Press
Dozens of people are undergoing rabies shots after coming into contact with a stray kitten that had the deadly viral disease. At least 60 people were known to have touched the animal, which wouldn't have attracted so many admirers if it hadn't been so cute, said James Delano, a veterinarian at Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center, where the 3-month-old feline was euthanized. "Everyone loves a kitten," Delano said. The kitten was found Oct. 11 and taken to a home, where it was kept as a family pet.
WORLD
September 8, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Nine people who ate a neighbor's dog are being monitored in a hospital isolation ward in the southern Philippines after the canine's owner died of rabies, a local official said. Farmer Teresita Estanol, 48, died Friday, said Mayor Efren Pinol of the town of Magpet. The dog bit Estanol in mid-August, and days later her angry neighbors, apparently unaware that it had rabies, killed the animal and ate it, the mayor said. Dog meat is a delicacy in some parts of the Philippines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Orange County health authorities Wednesday issued a warning to people who may have been near a basketball court where residents found a California brown bat that subsequently tested positive for rabies. The bat was discovered about 11:30 a.m. July 28 hanging on a fence of the court at the Newport Shores Community Complex, a recreational complex at Prospect Avenue and 62nd Street, police said.
SCIENCE
June 16, 2005 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
Confronted with a teenager developing the early symptoms of rabies after a bat bite, a group of Wisconsin physicians with no experience dealing with the disease have developed what may be the first effective treatment for what has been a uniformly fatal infection. The team put 15-year-old Jeanna Giese into a deep coma to prevent her virus-infected brain from destroying internal organs while her own immune system -- combined with a healthy dose of antiviral drugs -- fought off the virus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A bat has tested positive for rabies and health officials are asking anyone who came in contact with it at a Home Depot store to call Orange County's Animal Care Services. The bat was found Tuesday evening in the outdoor garden area of the home improvement store on Warner Avenue, authorities said. Tests confirmed Friday that it was rabid. Authorities request that anyone who came in contact with the bat call (714) 935-6106.
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