Man Bitten by Bat Dies of Rabies

Friday, Oct 5, 2012  |  Updated 4:24 PM PDT
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A Contra Costa man who was bitten by a bat in June, has died of rabies.

A Contra Costa man who was bitten by a bat in June, has died of rabies.

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A man who was bitten by a bat in June in Contra Costa County, has died of rabies.

The 34-year-old unidentified man, died July 31, in Zurich, Switzerland, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The man had previously been getting treatment in a Dubai hospital in the United Arab Emirates.

He had been a civilian contractor in Iraq, and traveled back and forth between the United States and Iraq. The man is believed to have been on eight international flights between the time he was bitten and the time he died.

Rabies is almost always fatal after symptoms are present. It can be transmitted from person to person if the infected individual's tears or saliva are introduced into another person's open wounds or mucous membranes.

The CDC interviewed others believed to have come in contact with the man, and no secondary cases have been identified.

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