Man Dies From Rabies After Being Bitten in His Home

It is with great sadness to hear Thomas Krob, an 87-year-old retiree from Spring Grove, died earlier this month, about 30 days after a rabid bat bit him at his home.  Krob, health officials said, declined to seek medical treatment. While we do not know why he declined to receive the post-exposure rabies treatment, we know that his death was avoidable. 

Rabies, when contracted in a human, has a 99.9% fatality rate if not treated promptly. The treatment known as Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) consists of a dose of human rabies immune globulin (HRIG) and rabies vaccine given on the day of the rabies exposure, and then a dose of vaccine given again on days 3, 7, and 14. People cannot transmit rabies to other people unless they themselves are sick with rabies. PEP will protect you from developing rabies, and therefore you cannot expose other people to rabies. You can continue to participate in your normal activities.

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Without this treatment, if you contract the rabies virus from a bite or scratch, you will almost certainly die. The fatality rate for rabies is 99.9%. We are not writing this blog to fearmonger but simply to state the facts. Rabies deaths due to bat bites are infrequent in the USA, but there is still a chance a bat may be carrying the rabies virus, as seen in the sad case of Mr. Krob.

If you suspect you have a bat colony living in your home or building, give Get Bats Out professionals a call. 

Below are some links to additional information that can help you in an emergency.

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Your Local Bat Removal Expert,

Michael Koski

Get Bats Out Owner and President Michael Koski

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