Wyoming woman dies of rabies after she was bitten by a bat

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) — Officials say a Fremont County woman who was believed to be Wyoming’s first confirmed human rabies case has died.

The Daily Ranger reports that the 77-year-old Lander resident, who has not yet been identified, contracted the disease Aug. 21 after being bit by a bat. She began showing symptoms weeks later and was treated at a Lander hospital. She was recently transferred to a Salt Lake City-area hospital, where officials say she died Saturday.

Public health officials are tracking down people who have had contact with the woman to determine whether anyone else is at risk of contracting the disease. They have administered vaccinations as a precaution to two of the woman’s relatives and a Utah hospital worker.

Symptoms of rabies often include weakness, paralysis or behavioral changes. A state health officials says there are only one or two human cases in the United States each year.



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