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  • An Idaho adult contracted and died from rabies for the first time in the state since 1978.
  • A man from Boise County encountered a bat on his property in late August, though he didn’t believe it had bitten or scratched him at the time. He became ill in October and was hospitalized, where he eventually died.
  • Rabies is a viral disease, typically transmitted through animals, that is preventable with vaccination. However, once symptoms of the disease begin to appear rabies is usually 100 percent fatal.

An Idaho adult contracted and died from rabies for the first time in the state since 1978.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and Central District Health made the announcement in a press release Thursday after the diagnosis was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“This tragic case highlights how important it is that Idahoans are aware of the risk of rabies exposure,” said state epidemiologist Christine Hahn. “Although deaths are rare, it is critical that people exposed to a bat receive appropriate treatment to prevent the onset of rabies as soon as possible.”


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A man from Boise County encountered a bat on his property in late August, though he didn’t believe it had bitten or scratched him at the time. However, he became ill in October and was hospitalized, where he eventually died. Tests performed confirmed that he had contracted rabies.

Rabies is a viral disease, typically transmitted through animals, that is preventable with vaccination. However, once symptoms of the disease begin to appear — including fever, pain, confusion, aggression, and paralysis — rabies is usually 100 percent fatal.

The hospital and Central District Health are working with the family to identify anyone else who may have been exposed.

“Idahoans are reminded that bats can become infected with rabies,” said state public health veterinarian Leslie Tengelsen. “While bats can be beneficial to our environment, people should be wary of any bat encounter, including waking up to a bat in your room, or any situation where there may have been a bite or scratch.”


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Published on Nov 05, 2021