August 11, 2011

Rabies Claims Worker

1 U.S. Records First Death from Vampire Bat

A vampire bat bite caused a U.S. death for the first time, says the CDC. The victim, a migrant worker from Mexico, arrived for work at a Louisiana sugar cane plantation on July 29, 2010. The man, 19, worked only one day before falling ill. MSNBC reports that doctors in a New Orleans hospital tested for encephalitis, meningitis, HIV, syphilis, herpes, Lyme disease, arboviruses and autoimmune neuropathies. All of the tests were negative, and doctors didn't diagnose rabies until one day before the man's death. An investigation later revealed that the man had been bitten on the heel of his foot by a vampire bat while sleeping in Mexico on July 15. He died from rabies on August 21. Vampire bats, which live in central and South America, commonly transmit rabies to their bite victims.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Tropical Diseases Affect 1 Billion Worldwide

Tags: Herpes, HIV, Lyme Disease, Syphilis, Rabies Risk, Bat Bites, Dangers of Bats, Vampire Bats, How Humans Get Rabies, Mexico's Vampire Bats, Encephalitis, Meningitis, Arboviruses

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Tiny Patch, a Lot of Information

2 Electronic Patch Can Monitor Vital Signs

Research done at the University of Illinois has shown that a wireless patch placed on the skin may be able to monitor vital signs such as heart rate and body temperature. The concept is similar to temporary tattoos but with electronic sensors embedded in a layer of film thinner than a human hair, allowing it to move with the skin and eliminating the need for an adhesive. The patch contains a small coil which can be turned on by putting it close to an electric coil. In studies, it stayed on the skin for a day but lead researcher John A. Rogers believes that it could last for up to two weeks. Brain waves, muscle movement, and emitting heat to promote wound healing are a few other potential uses for this new technology which is easier on patients and would improve monitoring.

More at Yahoo! AP | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Artificial Skin Synthesized in the Lab

Tags: Electronic Sensor Patch, Electronic Patch Monitors Vitals, Monitoring Vitals

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