In 2011, a 46-year-old woman in South Carolina went to the emergency room complaining of chills, shortness of breath, and a tingling sensation. Within 12 hours, she was on a ventilator, and in less than two weeks, she died. The family reported that she had encountered a bat a few months earlier, but had simply gotten rid of it by shaking it out of curtains through an open window. She didn't think she had even had direct contact with the bat, and definitely didn't have any signs of a bite. Medical experts sent her samples to a lab, and sure enough, they tested positive for rabies.
Learn about this disease and what to do if you fear its infection.
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It may come down to their constant movement.
What Can We Learn About Bats?
Scientists are studying the way these unique mammals fly.
Why Doesn't Britain Have Rabies?
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