70-year-old Wisconsin Man Dies from Rabies

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A 70-year-old Wisconsin man died after contracting rabies last year, the third case of the rare disease in Wisconsin since 2000.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that all three cases involved known or suspected contact with bats and only one of the three victims survived.

State officials would not say where the man lived or was treated. However, contributors to the report include doctors from Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee and West Allis.

The man sought treatment in December and died 13 days later.
The CDC says the man's wife reported bats were present when they were selling firewood, although he did not report a bite.

His wife and grandchild, and five health care workers received the rabies vaccination as a precaution.

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