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Human Rabies Cases Related to Bats in the U.S.


Year

Location(s)

Patient(s)

Bat Variant

Comments

2009

IN

Unknowne

Unknown

Unavailable.

2009

TX

17-year-old female

Unknown

Unavailable. Not confirmed as a rabies case, however, victim has neurological symptoms consistent with rabies and had direct contact with bats in a Texas cave, but did not report a bite; medical report stated, "antibodies to rabies virus were detected in the patient's CSF, but no viral amplicons were detected in saliva or in a nuchal biopsy specimen." Patient gradually recovered and was released.

2008

MO

55-year-old male

Silver-haired Eastern Pipistrelle

Bitten by bat.

2008

CA

16-year-old male

Mexican free-tail

Newly identified variant.

2007

MN

46-year-old male

Unknown

Man bitten by bat, but did not seek treatment.

2006

IN

10-year-old female

Silver-haired bat

Child bitten on arm by bat, but did not seek treatment.

2006

TX

teenage male

Mexican Free-tailed

Bat found in bedroom captured and released. Likely but NOT YET CONFIRMED as bat rabies.

2005

MS

10-year-old male

Unknown

Patient removed a live bat from his bedroom and released it outside. Although possible, Medical professionals were NOT ABLE TO CONFIRM this as bat rabies.

2004

WI

15-year-old female

Unknown

Patient bitten by sick bat she handled (SURVIVED).

2004

AL

male

Mexican Free-tailed

Organ recipient from rabies infected AK man (lungs)-died on operating table, NOT ACTUAL RABIES CASE/DEATH

2004

AR,AL,OK,TX

multiple

Mexican Free-tailed

Organ recipients from AR donor

2004

AR

20-year-old male

Unknown

Patient bitten by bat but did not seek treatment.

2003

CA

66-year-old male

Silver-haired

Patient bitten by bat but did not seek treatment.

2002

IA

20-year-old male

Silver-haired/Eastern Pipistrelle

No known contact.

2002

TN

13-year-old male

Silver-haired/Eastern Pipistrelle

Patient too ill to be questioned about exposure history, but family reported that he had found a sick bat on the ground and took it home.

2002

CA

28-year-old male

Mexican Free-tailed

Patient comatose before rabies diagnosis made. Patient had killed a bat in his house earlier that month

2000

WI

69-year-old male

Silver-haired/Eastern Pipistrelle

Post-mortem diagnosis. Friend said he had removed bats from his house with bare hands.

2000

MN

47-year-old male

Silver-haired

Patient too ill to provide information regarding exposure history. Friend reported patient was bitten when killing a bat.

2000

GA

26-year-old male

Mexican Free-tailed

Post-mortem diagnosis. Co-workers reported a bat had landed on him while he slept.

2000

CA

49-year-old male

Mexican Free-tailed

Patient too ill to provide information regarding possible exposure history. Patient did not report contact with bat, but wife reported he had caught and removed bat from house.

1998

VI

29-year-old male

Silver-haired/Eastern Pipistrelle

Patient too ill to provide information regarding possible exposure history. Patient was prison inmate who repaired fences and fed cattle, worked in paper recycling facility and along roadsides cleaning up trash and debris.


1997

NJ

32-year-old male

Silver-haired/Eastern Pipistrelle

On two separate occasions, patient captured bats in home by hand using a cloth and released them outside. Patient and wife did not recall whether or not he had been bitten.

1997

TX

71-year-old male

Silver-haired/Eastern Pipistrelle

First report involving both victim and wife stated no contact; days later wife changed story to say that bat was found in patient's hotel room and landed on left shoulder.

1997

WA

64-year-old male

Big Brown

Post-mortem diagnosis. Patient apparently not questioned, or too ill to provide information regarding possible exposure history.

1997

MT

65-year-old male

Silver-haired

Post-mortem diagnosis. Family reported bat was in patient's house for several days and that patient often baited traps with killed animals. Patient apparently not questioned, or too ill to provide information regarding possible exposure history.

1996

MT

49-year-old male

Silver-haired

Patient was a lumber mill custodian where bats were observed in area; denied having physical contact with bats.

1996

KY

42-year-old female

Silver-haired/Eastern Pipistrelle

Patient denied history of animal bites.

1995

CA

74-year-old male

Silver-haired

Post-mortem diagnosis. Patient sometimes handled bats; Patient apparently not questioned, or too ill to provide information regarding possible exposure history.

1995

CT

13-year-old female

Silver-haired/Eastern Pipistrelle

Bat found flying in patient's home; patient denied history of animal bites.

1995

CA

27-year-old male

Mexican Free-tailed

Post-mortem diagnosis. A family member believed a bat had landed on patient's chest and been brushed off, but was unable to provide specific details on the incident. Patient apparently not questioned, or too ill to provide information regarding possible exposure history.

1995

WA

4-year-old female

Myotis californicus or M. ciliolabrum

Child apparently too ill to provide information regarding exposure history. Family members reported finding abnormally behaving bat in her bedroom and disposing of it; bat later retrieved and found to be rabid. Per CDC, “This strange behavior should have led to a strong suspicion of rabies.”

1994

CA

44-year-old male

Silver-haired

Post-mortem diagnosis. Patient cared for sick kitten that was not checked; patient apparently not questioned, or too ill to provide information regarding possible exposure history.

1994

TN

42-year-old female

Silver-haired/Eastern Pipistrelle

Patient had many (26) unvaccinated pets; denied history of animal bites.

1994

WV

41-year-old male

Silver-haired/Eastern Pipistrelle

Post-mortem diagnosis. Bat described as a possible red bat, but likely was a reddish-colored pipistrelle. Family and friends reported patient shot and handled bat, running his fingers along its teeth. Patient apparently not questioned, or too ill to provide information regarding possible exposure history.

1994

AL

24-year-old female

Mexican Free-tailed

Post-mortem diagnosis. Patient routinely removed dead/dying bats from place of employment.


1993

TX

82-year-old male

Silver-haired/Eastern Pipistrelle

Patient too ill to provide information regarding potential exposure. Patient was exposed to dying cow 3 months earlier.

1993

NY

11-year-old female

Silver-haired/Eastern Pipistrelle

Post-mortem diagnosis. Caught and caged a possibly sick bat. Report unclear about whether or not patient was ever questioned about potential exposure history.

1991

GA

27-year-old female

Silver-haired/Eastern Pipistrelle

Post-mortem diagnosis. Patient apparently not questioned, or too ill to provide information regarding possible exposure history.

1991

AR

29-year-old male

Silver-haired/Eastern Pipistrelle

Friends reported him bitten while catching and killing an abnormally behaving bat. Report unclear about whether or not patient was ever questioned about potential exposure history.

1990

TX

22-year-old male

Mexican Free-tailed

Bitten while tormenting bat and did not seek medical attention

1984

PA

12-year-old male

Myotis (probably M. leibii)

Report unclear as to patient's coherence during questioning or who was questioned regarding potential exposure history.

1983

MI

5-year-old female

Silver-haired

Patient reported bite to parents.

1979

KY

45-year-old male

Silver-haired/Eastern Pipistrelle

Patient reported no known exposure to potentially rabid animals

1979

OK

24-year-old male

Silver-haired/Eastern Pipistrelle

Patient's occupation was woodcutter; although no exposure was reported, activities prior to illness provided potential for bite exposure. Unclear whether patient was questioned.

1978

ID

37-year-old female

Silver-haired

Apparently post-mortem diagnosis. Rabies contracted through corneal transplant.

1978

OR

39-year-old male

Isolate unavailable

(Donor for Idaho case above.) Post-mortem diagnosis. Patient not questioned; he was a professional lumberman and avid trapper.

1976

MD

55-year-old female

Silver-haired/Eastern Pipistrelle

Bitten on the hand by a bat reported as a Big brown bat. Patient vaccinated forty-four hours after bitten, but died anyway. Postmortem findings suggested possibility of post-vaccine reaction from duck-embryo vaccine, direct viral infection, or both.

1973

KY

26-year-old male

Silver-haired/Eastern Pipistrelle

Patient was aware of being bitten on the ear by a bat while in bed; bat not recovered and patient did not seek medical attention.

1971

NJ

64-year-old male

Species not reported

Man reported being bitten on mouth by abnormally behaving bat while on his porch; bat not recovered but he was given duck-embryo vaccine.

1970

OH

6-year-old male

Big Brown

Boy bitten on hand while asleep. Bat tested positive for rabies. Patient vaccinated with duck-embryo vaccine. Patient then exhibited signs of rabies and survived. (SURVIVED)

1959

WI

44-year-old male

Species not reported

Man reported being bitten on ear by bat while asleep; killed and disposed of bat without testing.

1959

CA

53-year-old male

Mexican Free-tailed

Alleged aerosol Texas caves. Patient denied history of animal bite but a Friend reported seeing blood on his face he presumed to have been from a bat bite while in Frio Cave.

1958

CA

53-year-old female

Silver-haired

Woman reported being bitten while handling abnormally behaving Silver-haired bat. Bat later tested positive for rabies; vaccinations not begun until one month after bite.


1956

TX

38-year-old male

Mexican Free-tailed

Alleged aerosol from Texas caves. Patient denied history of animal bite but was a State rabies investigator and had handled thousands of bats.

1951

TX

43-year-old female

Species not reported

Post-mortem diagnosis. Woman bitten while handling sick bat she picked up off the road.


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