A man is dead after being bitten by a rabid raccoon in Hayden, Idaho, and health officials say that rabies is now the primary cause of death in a person reported to die in the state since 1978.
The two bites from the rabid raccoon were transmitted to the 52-year-old man through the bite of the animal’s saliva. He first developed symptoms of the infection two days after the first bite, but the man died in Hayden last Friday, according to the Idaho Statesman.
Rabies is most prevalent in wildlife; humans and pets can be infected by contact with contaminated blood, organs, feces or even saliva. Since 1977, there have been 22 human rabies deaths in Idaho, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A common way to avoid being bitten is to avoid dogs, cats and raccoons, who have been known to be more active at night. If the animal is unsure of whether or not to bite, they tend to drop the situation. People who are bitten should wash their hands, rinse the wound with soap and water, disinfect it and immediately seek medical care if they begin to show any symptoms of the infection.
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