Rabid bat attack viral video: Do people still die of rabies in the United States?

A Rabid Bat Attacked an Unlucky Man in Oregon. Do People Still Die of Rabies?

A Rabid Bat Attacked an Unlucky Man in Oregon. Do People Still Die of Rabies?

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Sept. 18 2014 3:35 PM

Do People Still Die of Rabies?

And how do you know if an animal is rabid?

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Footage of a bat attacking a man in the woods made headlines recently after the bat tested positive for rabies. The man is expected to recover, but his attack is a reminder of how dramatically rabies has changed in the U.S. over the past century.

The video above traces how a disease that once killed 100 Americans a year declined, and how to know if you’ve had an unlikely encounter with a rabid animal.

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