Gary Giles, 55 (pictured), from Utah, became the first registered rabies mortality of the state in nearly three-quarters of a century, who died after being deported on Sunday after falling into a coma
A man from Utah has become the first registered rabies star of the state in nearly three-quarters of a century.
Gary Giles, 55, died Sunday at the Intermountain Medical Center hospital in Murray, Utah, surrounded by his family, according to his obituary.
Gary has probably contracted rabies from bats that he and his widow, Juanita Giles, would allow to land on their hands and lick them, and even walk around in their beds.
The bats have never hurt us and we have always caught them in our hands and let go because you constantly hear how bats are good for the insect population, and you do not want to hurt them, & # 39; Juanita said to KSL .com.
The bats licked our fingers, almost as if they could taste the salt from our fingers, but they never bothered us. & # 39;
Gary is the first person in Utah who has died of rabies since 1944. A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family to help pay Gary's medical expenses and funeral expenses.
Gary (right) has probably contracted rabies from bats that he and his widow, Juanita Giles (left), would allow to land on their hands and lick them, and even walk around in their beds.
Gary was taken out of the living on Sunday after the rabies had not given him brain activity for days.
& # 39; My father has always been a giver, & # 39; said Crystal Sedgewick, Gary & # 39; s daughter.
During the last 24 hours that he could still talk to us, he was in a delusional state and he still could not talk about all the people he needed to help and he preferred that he still had to go ahead with. & # 39;
While about 7,000 cases of rabies in animals are reported annually to federal officials, rabies in the United States is rare, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
With the death of Gary this week, only 56 cases have been diagnosed since 1990.
Gary was taken out of the living on Sunday after the rabies had not given him brain activity for days
I always thought that bats were cute, but I had no idea of the kind of risk we had, & # 39; said Juanita. & # 39; We would & # 39; Wake up at night and they would walk on our bed & # 39;
The CDC recommends immediate treatment for rabies if you are bitten by a rabid animal, instead of waiting for the symptoms to appear, which may take days, months or even up to a year.
Rabies can also be transmitted by saliva, which was probably the case for Gary.
I always thought that bats were cute, but I had no idea of the kind of risk we had, & # 39; said Juanita. & # 39; We would & # 39; Wake up at night and they would walk on our bed. & # 39;
If not treated, rabies can cause pain, fatigue, headache, fever and irritability, followed by seizures, hallucinations and paralysis.
Gary's rabies infection was first presented as intense back and neck pain, so he went to the emergency room on October 19, where he was diagnosed with a likely muscle.
Gary's rabies infection first presented as intense back and neck pain, so he went to first aid on Oct. 19, where he was diagnosed with a likely pulled muscle; Gary (left) and Juanita (right) are pictured here on December 28, 2012
These symptoms progressed quickly to numbness and tingling in his arms, followed by muscle spasms and seizures; Gary is shown here with a family member
These symptoms quickly evolved into numbness and tingling in his arms, followed by muscle spasms, fits and delusions, according to the GoFundMe campaign page.
Human rabies is almost always fatal, with death within a few days after this kind of advanced symptoms.
Juanita has said that she and other family members are now being vaccinated for rabies because of the tragic loss of the family.
Juanita has said that she and other family members are now being vaccinated for rabies, due to the tragic loss of her patriarch by the family; Gary is pictured on October 5, 2012
The CDC immediately recommends vaccination against possible exposure, rather than waiting for a kind of rabies symptoms to develop.
A person who is exposed and has never been vaccinated against rabies should receive four doses of rabies vaccine – one dose at once, and extra doses on the third, seventh and fourteenth day. They should also receive a new injection called Rabies Immune Globulin at the same time as the first dose, "said the CDC.
A person who has previously been vaccinated should receive two doses of rabies vaccine – one immediately and one on the third day. Rabies Immune Globulin is not necessary. & # 39;
Animals with characteristics of infection with rabies can be either hostile and aggressive, or tame and easily approachable, according to the CDC.
Rabbits infected with rabies, such as raccoons and bats – the most common source of human infections – may also appear foaming at the mouth, because the disease causes excessive saliva production.
So far, the state of Utah has sent back fourteen positive tests of bats for rabies. The annual average is 25.
& # 39; If you find yourself near a bat, dead or alive, do not touch it, do not touch it or do not kill it, said epidemiologist Dallin Peterson told the Salt Lake Tribune.
• Immediately call your healthcare provider or local public health department to report possible exposure and determine whether preventive treatment is necessary. & # 39;
The CDC immediately recommends vaccination against possible exposure, rather than waiting for a kind of rabies symptoms to develop; A GoFundMe page has been set up for the (depicted) family of Gary to help with medical expenses and funeral expenses