Hospital confirmed Biologist dies
after bite by rabid bat
By A.M. Costa Rica staff
The patient information department of
San Juan de Dios Hospital has
confirmed that the man who entered the
hospital on October 21 died due to a
rabies infection contracted through
the bite of a rabid bat.
The hospital is keeping the name of
the 43-year-old victim confidential,
but states that the biologist died
Wednesday morning, November 14.
The man was bitten by a bat he was
handling on August 15 while he was on
a walk in the Canton of Dota.
According to the medical report, he
did not go to any medical center but
limited himself to cleaning the wound.
"For several weeks [he] did not show
any symptoms," the ministry reported.
Symptoms, when they appeared,
included, "pain in the left upper
limb, then numbness in both hands,
muscle weakness, symptoms of malaise
and disorientation as well as
The man finally went to the health
center and was diagnosed with rabies.
He was initially in intensive care
"with vital support," the ministry
According to the case report, the
National Animal Health Service
conducted an investigation of the area
and performed a vaccination campaign
for people who had contact with the
Dr. Daniel Salas, Director of
Epidemiological Surveillance, called
on the population, "to not approach or
disturb the tranquility of wild
animals and, in case of being bitten,
go immediately to the nearest health
Rabies is an acute viral infection
that mainly attacks the central
nervous system causing a progressive
viral encephalomyelitis that
is almost always fatal.
A.M. Costa Rica wire services
The victim did not go
to any medical center
but limited himself to
cleaning the wound.
usually occurs through saliva
from the bite of an infected
animal but it can be transmitted
from saliva to a cut, scratch or
open wound on the victim.
Either way, the virus in the
saliva enters the wound and
begins to replicate. By the time
full symptoms are evident,
survival is difficult.
Rabies affects humans and other
warm-blooded animals, usually
dogs and cats, but it also
affects farm animals such as
horses, cows or goats and jungle
animals such as bats, coyotes,
wolves and foxes.
According to the Ministry's
report, "only 11 cases of
infected people have been
reported from all over the
country since 1967. In Costa
Rica, canine rabies has been
eliminated since 1970."
vaccinating domestic animals
against rabies to keep the case
Green Alert declared in Caribbean and
North Zone, says energy
Costa Rica staff
Emergency Commission declared a
Green Alert for the areas of Talamanca,
Limón, Matina, Siquirres,
and Pococí, San Carlos,
Upala, Guatuso, Los Chiles,
and Río Cuarto in
The country has been under the
influence of cold front #5 since
Thursday and the front will
continue until Saturday.
There is a large mass of cold
air moving from the Gulf of
Mexico to the Caribbean and
influencing our weather, say
According to the Commission
"this atmospheric event will
bring a persistent rainy
condition especially in the
North Caribbean and Northern
Zone of the country, as well as
strong gusts of wind."
According to the report of the
Institute, this cold front would
cause a constant increase in
atmospheric pressure and the
displacement of the cold air
mass to the south.
"This condition will favor more
intense trade winds and
increased rainfall throughout
the Caribbean and Northern Zone,
in the mountains of the country.
In the east and north of the
Central Valley there will be
incursions of cloudiness and
heavy rains," said the
In the Pacific area, however,
rainfall will decrease and only
a few isolated rains will be
observed in the South Pacific.
Gusts of wind are expected
between 60-90 km / h in the
mountains of the Central Valley,
Guanacaste and north of the
The Commission calls on people
to maintain precaution in sites
vulnerable for floods,
landslides and falling trees.
Commission calls on people
to maintain precaution
in sites vulnerable for
floods, landslides and
The following precautionary
measures should be followed in
areas prone to strong winds:
Close doors, windows, awnings
and all the elements that can
be found on balconies,
terraces and outdoor areas of
Protect your pet so that it is
For people who do not need to
leave their home for work, it
is recommended that they stay
indoors and leave only if it
is very necessary.
Keep informed by officials or
at the commission web page: www.cne.go.cr
If you notice any dangerous
issues such as, risk to trees
from high winds, landslides or
floods due to rain or overflow
of rivers, you must report it
immediately to 9-1-1.