The first reported U.S. case of human rabies linked to a vampire bat was reported Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The man, who has living in Michoacan, Mexico, apparently never reported the bite or was treated for it.
The man developed a fever of 101.1 and had respiratory problems, then his pupils became fixed and dilated, his white cell count jumped and an EEG showed encephalitis. After doctors made a definitive diagnosis of rabies, the man died.
An editorial accompanying the report notes that although this is the first case of human rabies in the United States linked with a vampire bat, bat rabies viruses have been associated with most of the human rabies cases acquired in the United States for the past 20 years.