Little boy dies after contracting rabies from bat scratch

Ryker Roque died on Sunday at a hospital in Orlando Florida a week after touching a bat which his father Henry had found in the garden and put in a bucket

"So, apparently he put his hand in there and touched it and he said it only scratched him", Roque tells NBC News, "so I frantically googled it real quick and it says to wash his hands with soap, hot water for five minutes". However, he explained that they didn't immediately take Ryker to the hospital because he cried at the thought of getting shots.

About a week later the boy developed numb fingers and a headache and his parents took him to the hospital for treatment.

Despite the treatment he received, including the experimental Milwaukee protocol, the six-year-old boy passed away at the hospital several days later. Before Ryker, the last person to die of rabies in the United States was a 65-year-old Virginia woman who was bitten by a dog. Although the treatment has reportedly had success with other patients, it could not save Ryker.

By the time he arrived at the emergency room about a week later, Ryker was already "having hallucinations and convulsions", according to the family's GoFundMe page. However, that vaccine will only work if it's given shortly after a bite or scratch.

The treatment has only worked twice in the USA and 18 times around the world.

Africa, particularly in rural areas on both continents.

The family did not seek out post exposure prophylaxis and did not seek medical attention until symptoms began.

Worldwide, it is estimated that there are more than 69,000 deaths due to rabies annually.

'Thank you all for the prayers, attractive words and generous donations. Our little baby is now an angel'.

Roque said doctors told him that it's nearly always lethal. Only 10 people have survived rabies after showing symptoms; majority had received the vaccine at some point before or after they were diagnosed.

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