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Lake County, Illinois (WGN) — An old man in Illinois died of rabies — the first human case in state history since 1954.
In mid-August, a man in Lake County in his 80s woke up with a bat on his neck, according to the Illinois Public Health Service. Species were collected and subsequently tested positive for rabies.
Health officials urged men to begin post-exposure rabies treatment due to the high mortality rate, but he declined.
A month later, officials said men began to experience symptoms consistent with rabies — neck pain, headaches, difficulty controlling their arms, numbness in their fingers, and difficulty speaking.
The rabies virus infects the central nervous system and ultimately causes brain disease and death. Without prophylactic treatment, rabies is usually fatal.
“Rabies has the highest mortality rate of any disease,” said Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of IDPH. “But there are life-saving treatments for individuals who seek care immediately after being exposed to rabies animals. If you suspect you may have rabies, seek medical attention immediately and your health care provider. And follow the recommendations of public health authorities. “
If you’re near a bat and you’re not sure if it’s exposed, don’t let go of the bat as it needs to be properly captured for rabies testing. Contact your doctor or local health department to determine if you may have been exposed and contact animal care to get rid of bats.
So far this year, 30 bats have tested positive for rabies in Illinois.
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