Time is running out for a man who may have been unknowingly infected with rabies in the Mojave Desert National Preserve. According to witnesses, a bat swooped from the sky like death itself and landed on the man’s neck outside a book store at Kelso Depot. The bat later tested positive for rabies, prompting officials to begin a search for the mystery bat attack victim before the disease turns fatal or he becomes a bat himself.
“If you know this man, it is very important that we speak with him,” said County Health Officer Maxell Ohikhuare. “Rabies is almost always fatal in humans once symptoms begin.” Initial signs of rabies include weakness, flu, fever, and headaches. Anxiety, confusion, and agitation may follow.
The San Bernardino County health department has already found rabies in two bats this year, and is warning residents to avoid any strange animals, or those exhibiting unusual behavior such as foaming at the mouth or paying with a check at the grocery store.