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Man dies of rabies, Pointe Coupee Parish

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 8:41am

For the first time 60 years a man in Louisiana has died of rabies. The Department of Health and Hospitals confirmed that Tuesday.

The victim was a migrant worker from Mexico, living in Pointe Coupee Parish.
DHH says the man contracted rabies while still in Mexico.
The victim's family, coworkers and staff from two hospitals where the man was treated have been examined.
Rabies is transmited through saliva entering the bloodstream through a bite or open wound.
Officials are certain there is no risk to the public from this latest case.
However, rabies does exist in Louisiana wildlife--mostly in bats and skunks. Officials say vaccinating your pets against the disease and not adopting wild animals are the best ways to this disease

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