On the Vampire Bat Non-Story

I saw on the news that people are panicking over the first death in America by a vampire bat. Sure enough there is a story going around about a Mexican migrant who died in Louisiana. After being bit in Mexico and not being treated:

A teenager from Mexico became the first person in the United States to die after being bitten by a vampire bat and infected with rabies, US health authorities said on Thursday.

The 19-year-old man was a migrant farm worker who had been bitten on the heel by a vampire bat in his native Michoacan on July 15, 2010, 10 days before he left for the United States to pick sugar cane at a plantation in Louisiana.

“This case represents the first reported human death from a vampire bat rabies virus variant in the United States,” said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its Morbidity and Mortality weekly report.

The unusually aggressive form of rabies had an incubation period of just 15 days, compared to the median 85 days seen in other cases of human rabies in the United States, the CDC said.

Although vampire bat populations are currently confined to Latin America, climate change could be forcing their populations northward, leading to more cases of human infection in the southern United States, the CDC warned.

The patient had never received a rabies vaccine and fell ill about two weeks after he was bitten by the blood-sucking creature.

Understand that this more virulent form of rabies is not a new mutation, and there are no vampire bats in the United States aside from zoo populations. This story is agi-prop for the climate change movement who have been hit hard by the release of NASA data which definitively proved that the Earth isn’t warming.

So don’t worry people, you’re not in for an invasion by rabid bloodsuckers unless you’re opening up a fetish club. For now the Lou Diamond Phillips movie Bats is as close as you’ll get:

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