Massachusetts man in critical condition in state's first human rabies case in 75 years
Massachusetts public health officials suspect the man contracted rabies from a bat at his residence.
December 30th, 2011
01:59 PM ET

Massachusetts man in critical condition in state's first human rabies case in 75 years

A Massachusetts man is in critical condition after contracting rabies, the state’s first human case of the disease in 75 years, a Public Health Department spokesman confirmed to CNN on Friday.

The Barnstable County man is in his 60s and is not being identified, Health Department spokesman John Jacobs said.

Health officials suspect the man, who is in Cape Cod Hospital, contracted the virus from a bat at his residence. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are performing tests to confirm the species, according to a Health Department news release.

The man’s family may have been exposed and are being treated, CNN affiliate WCVB reported.

Rabies is a virus that is spread from saliva, most commonly through a bite. It can be deadly in animals and humans if not treated quickly. The virus attacks the brain and nervous system. Common symptoms in animals include excessive drooling and unusual aggression. Humans may exhibit fever, sore throat and numbness or tingling at the site of the bite, according to medical manuals.

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Two or three people die from the disease each year, a 97% drop over the past century, according to the CDC.

Two weeks ago, a South Carolina man died from rabies, the state’s first case in half a century, CNN affiliate WPDE reported.

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  1. Jazzzzzzz

    I was bit by a bat. I think I might have given it rabbies.

    December 30, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    @ bobcat (in a hat) ©:
    Who taught you how to do that?

    December 30, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @JIF

    I forgot to tell you I am a master at figuring these things out.
    Our mutual friend helped me out here.

    December 30, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rooney

    This could be the beginning of the zombie apocolypse! Probably not though. I just can't wait for the next episode of "The Walking Dead".

    December 30, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    @JIF©™:
    Late one night type of thing.
    It's easier with you and I; same device.
    Fun, though, right?
    When I discovered it, it was like "Laaaaaaaaaaa"...why didn't I read the help section sooner?

    Then, it was funtime with alphabet soup!
    🙂

    December 30, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Linda

    Actually, non-attorneys should avoid using those symbols.

    December 30, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    @bc(iah)©
    Did you see that the "Overheard" thread is now disabled for comments?

    December 30, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    @Linda:
    Who says we're not?
    One doesn't need to be an attorney to use symbols common in the written language.

    It's deterrent for some people who would sully our u/n.
    Are you one of them?

    December 30, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      OK, just calm down. I didn't mean to insult your symbol fetish.

      December 30, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Linda

    ?

    December 30, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Linda

    So, basically, CNN is full of potty-mouthed trolls

    December 30, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
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    December 30, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    @Linda:
    Yes.
    The symbols are to try to combat that.
    Once you get trolled here by them, you may understand.
    Plus, banasy© is copyrighted, lol.

    Please don't be a hater.
    The fetish remark was unnecessary.

    December 30, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      You have the most annoying habit of lecturing those with whom you should be conversing. Are you aware of how you sound, or don't you care?

      December 30, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @banasy

    Yeah, I went back to check comments, and was like wow. You must of got to her good. LOL

    December 30, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    @bc(iah)©

    Actually, she emailed me right away.
    She is a reasonable lady, dealing with unreasonable people.
    E-mail her with your concerns; she'll answer you.
    She's pretty cool, actually.

    Unfortunatly, I put her in an untenable position right now...
    Hopefully after the holidays, things will get better.

    (One can hope)

    Now, back to Bat-Man!

    December 30, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    @Linda:
    Really?
    I annoy you?
    And here I thought I *was* conversing with bobcat©.
    Sorry to offend your delicate sensibilities.
    I'll try harder not to offend you.

    December 30, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      Good grief, the cloying sarcasm of a rude teenager ... Why don't you go play in banasyland and leave the discussion to the adults?

      December 30, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
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