TITLE

Fatal Human Rabies Caused by European Bat Lyssavirus Type 2a Infection in Scotland

AUTHOR(S)
Nathwani, D.; McIntyre, P.G.; White, K.; Shearer, A.J.; Reynolds, N.; Walker, D.; Orange, G.V.; Fooks, A.R.
PUB. DATE
August 2003
SOURCE
Clinical Infectious Diseases;8/15/2003, Vol. 37 Issue 4, p598
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
We wish to report the first recorded case of indigenous human rabies caused by a bat bite in the United Kingdom in 100 years. This instructive case report highlights a number of key lessons: first, bites from insectivorous bats indigenous to the United Kingdom can cause rabies in humans; second, rabies immunization is essential for bat-handlers, and postexposure treatment for rabies is essential for patients bitten by bats; third, patients able to give a history who present with acute flaccid paralysis and/or presumptive viral encephalitis should be asked if they have been bitten by bats, irrespective of travel history, or this history should be obtained from family or friends; fourth, antemortem diagnosis of bat rabies (EBLV type 2a infection) in humans is possible using RT-PCR.
ACCESSION #
10592789

 

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