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Infected bat 'ran into' hand of B.C. man who later died from rabies: health officer

Updated: Jul 19, 2019

A 21-year-old Parksville, B.C., man who died from rabies after coming into contact with an infected bat on Vancouver Island this spring ran into the nocturnal mammal in an "unusual" daytime encounter, health officials said Tuesday.

Nick Major was spending time outdoors in mid-May when the bat "essentially ran into his hand," said provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. Henry said Major may not have realized the gravity of the collision. "As is often the case, when you come in contact with a bat, you may not actually see a scratch or bite," Henry said Tuesday. "Clearly, in this case, there was at least a small puncture wound that led to the infection."

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Media Source: CBC News Vancouver, BC

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