Man dies after contracting rabies from a bat
A man died Saturday from rabies, said the Minnesota Department of Health in the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press. This was only the second case of rabies in Minnesota in the last seven years.
The man had been working around his cabin in north central Minnesota when he was bitten by a bat on his hand. He said it felt like a needle prick and it did not draw blood, so he thought he had not been bitten.
The man who was in his 40s sought medical treatment at multiple facilities during the two months since he was bitten. Health care workers that treated him are being tested and some are receiving preventive treatment.
Approximately one to three cases of rabies are reported in the United States every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Minnesota has had cases in 1917, 1964, 1975 and 2000. All were fatal.