Published in Vaccine Weekly, February 9th, 1998
Neither man reported being bitten although both had recent exposures to bats, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) summary of reports from local health departments.
"Of the 21 cases of human rabies reported since 1980 that were caused by bat-associated rabies virus variants, only one had a definite history of a bat bite," the CDC warned in an editorial comment.
"Therefore PEP [post-exposure prophylaxis] is appropriate even in the absence of a demonstrable bite, scratch, or mucous...
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