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B.C. man who died from rare rabies infection swatted bat away

CTV Vancouver Island
Printed Tuesday, July 16, 2019 12:45PM PDT
Final Up to date Tuesday, July 16, 2019 1:15PM PDT

A Vancouver Island man who died after contracting rabies from a bat has been recognized as 21-year-old Nick Main.

Members of the family inform CTV Information that Main was coming back from a visit to Tofino in mid-May when he pulled over on the aspect of the street.

When a bat flew close to him, Main swatted the creature away like a bug and that is when he was bitten or scratched.

Provincial well being officers confirmed the person died six weeks after he turned contaminated with rabies.

“While the exposure in this case was on Vancouver Island, bats in all areas of B.C. are known to carry rabies,” the well being ministry mentioned Monday night.

Household, pals and well being staff who cared for Main had been nonetheless being assessed and have been handled for post-exposure rabies as wanted.

Main was a Tae Kwan Do teacher at Cascadia Martial Arts in Parksville, in keeping with a put up on the fitness center’s Fb web page.

“Our heart goes out to Nick and his family,” Cascadia mentioned, prompting a stream of feedback mourning the younger man.

“Nicholas, you made such a tremendous impact on the people of this community, on the kids who saw you as a hero and friend, on the parents who quickly knew they could trust you absolutely with helping to guide and shape the lives of their kids, to the family of Cascadia, and to everyone you met,” one commenter wrote.

It is the primary case of a human dying after being contaminated by rabies in B.C. since 2003.

Twenty-five individuals in Canada have died from rabies since reporting started in 1924, in keeping with the federal authorities.

Anybody who comes into contact with a bat is urged to scrub the world with cleaning soap and water, then see a physician.

There are vaccinations for rabies, although they aren’t out there to most of the people and are reserved for wildlife staff and others probably to return into contact with the virus.

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