Texas Teen Dies of Rabies

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HOUSTON -- A Houston-area teen stricken with rabies died Friday afternoon.

The Humble High School sophomore had been in critical condition at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston after showing symptoms last week.

Doctors had been using an experimental treatment -- a combination of sedatives and antiviral drugs. The treatment is credited with making a Wisconsin girl the first unvaccinated human on record to survive rabies.

Rabies is almost always fatal in humans once symptoms occur.

Doctors suspect the boy was infected several weeks ago when a
bat flew into his open bedroom window and bit him as he slept. Health experts say bats' teeth are so small and sharp, a person could be bitten and not realize it. They urge anyone who comes in physical contact with a bat to seek medical attention immediately.

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