A Florida boy, who contracted rabies from a bat, has died. The devastating news of six-year-old Ryker Roque’s death was released on Sunday, reported TODAY. Little Ryker touched a sickly bat that his father had placed into a bucket. The child’s dad, Henry, had instructed the boy not to touch the bat, under any circumstances, but the child did anyway…and he was scratched on his hand.
The boy’s hand was washed thoroughly with hot water and soap, but the family didn’t immediately seek medical help because of the child’s fear of shots. One week later, Ryker showed signs of a problem – including numbness in his hands and headaches.
He was immediately taken for medical care, but it was too late. Tragically, with the rabies virus, by the time that symptoms manifest, it is almost always fatal. Physicians had attempted to do a treatment known as the Milwaukee protocol to save the stricken child, but the rabies virus took the boy’s life anyway.
It is imperative to keep your pets current on rabies vaccines and crucial for humans to seek immediate medical treatment if they suspect that they have been in contact with any animal who may be infected with rabies. While deaths from rabies are rare in the United States, worldwide, approximately 60,000 people die from the viral disease each year. In 99% of the cases, the rabies virus is contracted from a dog, according to WHO.
Read more about this deadly virus here.
(Images via Pixabay and screenshot Today.com, “bat photo by Jared Belson“)
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