Medicine

Year-old Eustis boy dies of rabies contracted from bat

Year-old Eustis boy dies of rabies contracted from bat

A young boy died of rabies after being scratched by a bat, according to Christian Academy school officials in Eustis. He was kept under anesthesia, while the family tried to save the boy with an experimental technique, which is known as the Milwaukee protocol. The boy didn't listen to his father, so he went to the porch and touched the bat.

Henry Roque said he had found a sick bat, put it in a bucket and told his son not to touch it, but the boy did and was scratched. Henry Roque stated: "so I frantically googled it real quick and it says to wash his hands with soap, hot water for five minutes".

While a person survives rabies if they are given a vaccine immediately after being infected, but the six-year-old's parents only cleaned his wound and did not take him to the hospital because he cried when they told him he would need a shot.

However, a week later, he was rushed to the hospital after experiencing numbness in his fingers and a headache.

Rabies is nearly always fatal once symptoms develop.

By the time symptoms appear in a human, it is typically too late to save the patient as it infects the central nervous system and spreads to the brain.

There is a treatment, Willoughby's protocol, which sedates the patient and involves treatment with antiviral drugs.

It was developed by Rodney Willoughby in 2004 when successfully performed on 15-year-old Jeanna Giese from Wisconsin.

Worldwide, rabies kill 55,000 people every year, and 99% of the bites come from dogs.

For the second time since October 2017, rabies has taken the life of a Florida resident-both contracted via a bat bite.

Additionally, the incubation period for rabies can be months meaning symptoms develop long after the incident occurred.

Ryker Roque's father confirmed to NBC that his son died on Sunday at an Orlando-area hospital where he was placed in a medically induced coma in the hopes of saving him from the virus.


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