Knowledge of Bat Rabies and Human Exposure Among United States Cavers
Published Date:May 2002
Source:Emerg Infect Dis. 8(5):532-534.
Aged, 80 And Over
Bites And Stings
Description:We surveyed cavers who attended the National Speleological Society convention in June 2000. Fifteen percent of respondents did not consider a bat bite a risk for acquiring rabies; only 20% had received preexposure prophylaxis against the disease. An under-appreciation of the risk for rabies from bat bites may explain the preponderance of human rabies viruses caused by variant strains associated with bats in the United States.
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