Close up of head Myotis evotis bat, date and place not specified Photo courtesy of the Wildlife Resources Division in Utah, St. Louis. George News
HOLY. JIŘÍ – Public health officials believe that the recent death of a Moronian man was caused by rabies, making him the first fatal case in Utah involving the disease since 1944.
The Utah Department of Public Health confirmed on Thursday that the death of 55-year-old Gary Giles was probably caused by rabies. Health officials believe the source of his infection was a bat.
They warn that potential exposure to rabies should be treated very seriously because infections are often serious as symptoms occur.
Gilesa's daughter Crystal Sedgwick, who set up a GoFundMe account to cover the cost of medical and funeral services, said her father began to experience pain in her back around mid-October.
Giles saw the chiropractor and relieved of pain, but then it got worse.
He was taken to hospital emergency room because of numbness and armor in his arms, believed to be caused by inflammation. Giles was treated with steroids that had a negative effect.
He was transferred to another hospital where he was intubated and seated in a medical examination, wrote Sedgwick. The results of these tests returned to normal.
"It was incredibly worse for doctors and our family," wrote Sedgwick. "We took him from all of his sedatives to 25 … it was time to wake up … he just woke up. The 26th day was told he was in a coma."
Further testing showed that Giles had experience with seizures. While the seizures were finally stabilized, continued testing showed a "slow but steady deterioration" of the Giles state.
"The doctors no longer feel anything else to help them, and our family has had to make a very difficult decision to remove it from the support of life," wrote Sedgwick. "To say that our heart was broken would be understated. "
The family hopes to get $ 100,000 to cover medical and funeral expenses. On Friday morning, GoFundMe visited $ 7,000.
Sedgwick told Fox 13 News that after her father died, they learned he might have a contract with rabies.
Information on well-being and prevention
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:
The rabies virus infects the central nervous system, which eventually causes brain disease and death. The primary symptoms of rabies in humans are similar to many other conditions, including fever, headache and general weakness or discomfort. After disease progression, specific symptoms may occur, which may include insomnia, anxiety, confusion, mild or partial paralysis, excitation, hallucinations, agitation, increased saliva, difficulty swallowing, and fear of water. Death usually occurs within a few days of the onset of symptoms.
In Utah, humans and animals most likely come into contact with rabies through the exposure of bats. Because bats are teeth and claws are so small, bats or scratches of bats do not see or feel the injured person.
Anyone who is suppressed by a bat has contact with a bat or has other potential contact with a bat, for example, wakes up in a bat room, should contact his health care provider or local health department about whether to seek treatment to prevent rabies.
"The rabies vaccine is very effective if you get it early."David Blodgett of the Public Health Department in Southwest Utah said." Every year, dozens of people in our district are vaccinated after actual or anticipated exposure to furious animals. When a person shows signs, the illness is almost always fatal. "
Earlier this year, a person in Washington was potentially exposed to rabies, which triggered public warnings from health officials in southern Utah.
Read more: Washington health officials urge caution for person exposed to rabies infected with bats
"It's not uncommon," said David Heaton, a spokeswoman for the health department. "(Approximately) 90 percent of suspected rabies exposure in the county come from bats."
A person may become infected by rabies by bite, scratches or saliva from an infected animal.
While most suspected cases of rabies in the county come from bats, Other animals that may be infected include coyotes, foxes, raccoons and skunks. Domesticated cats and dogs may also be infected, although these cases are not so frequent due to vaccination.
Animals usually become furious from the bite of the infected heel.
How to tell if the animal is furious
Although some rabies look and act normally, one of two forms of the disease most develops: "raging rabies," in which the infected animal is easily excited or angry and "immoral rabies" in which the infected animal becomes paralyzed. Animals usually infected with rabies are irritated, restless and nervous.
The only way to find out if an animal has rabies is to kill him in a humane way and test his brain for the virus.
"Do not kill the animal with a blow or a shot in the head, because it can make it difficult to perform brain tests on the brain to see if the animal has rabies," wrote Blodgett in 2017, an article about rabies. "If the animal is dead, put it on ice or in a refrigerator to keep it for testing. Heat and freezing can make the test unreadable."
Tips to prevent infection
Turn off and do not touch any wild animal that will allow you to zoom in or look bad. Parents are advised to vigilantly watch their children when they are outdoors so they do not become too curious and too close to the potentially frantic animal.
Seek immediate medical attention if you have been stabbed with some animal. If the animal can be occupied or captured without further injury to yourself or others, do it. You can test for rabies to find out if you should get rash attacks.
Immediately seek medical advice if you have been exposed to animals suspected of rabies, even if you are not sure that you were biting. If you have physical contact with a bat or you've woken to find a bat in the room, suppose you've been stranded.
Consultation with a physician and health department can determine if vaccination is a good idea based on the circumstances of your situation.
Vaccination of animals against rabies.
Learn more on the Public Health Ministry's website in southwest Utah.
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