Tests confirm brown bat caused Mass. rabies case
BOSTON -- The state public health department has confirmed that a bat was responsible for the first case of human rabies in more than 75 years in Massachusetts.
The victim, a man in his 60s from Cape Cod, was likely bitten by the bat in his home.
Officials said last week that the man, whose name has not been released, was in critical condition. Department of Public Health spokesman John Jacobs said Tuesday the agency was not expecting to release further updates on the man's condition.
Jacobs says tests conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that the disease was transmitted by one of two species of brown bat, both of which are relatively common to Massachusetts.
The last recorded human case of rabies contracted in the state was in 1935.
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