13 Aug '11, 2am

First U.S. Death by Vampire Bat: Should We Worry? - Yahoo! via @yahoosg

Earlier today (Aug. 12), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first known case of a person dying in the United States as a result of a vampire bat bite. Which raises the question: Are the rest of us at risk? No, not really, says one expert, and for two good reasons. First of all, the person who died, a 19-year-old from Mexico, wasn't actually bitten in the U.S.; he was bitten in Michoacán, Mexico, and died a few weeks later during a trip to Louisiana (this all happened last August). Also, he didn't die from the bite itself, but from the rabies virus that the bat infected him with. These are key distinctions, said Gerald Carter, a Ph. D. biology candidate at the University of Maryland and an expert on vampire bat behavior. First of all – and probably most importantly – vampire bats don't live in the U.S. They exist only in Central and South America – ...

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