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Monticello man dies from rabies

A Monticello man died Saturday at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester after contracting rabies from a bat, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

Randy Hertwig, 46, was bitten by the bat in mid-August, and did not immediately receive medical help because he never believed he had been bitten, the Minnesota Department of Health said.

"That is one of the big problems with bats, that you can be bitten and not know it," said Joni Sheftel, a veterinarian with the Minnesota Department of Health, according to the Star Tribune.

According to the Star Tribune, the rabies virus is almost always fatal once symptoms begin.

According to WCCO, treatment for rabies is usually lasts a month, consisting of a series of six shots.

Hertwig is only the fifth to die from rabies in the past 100 years, and the second since 1975.