Bat ‘Ran Into His Hand.’ Weeks Later, He Was Dead

British Columbia man died from rabies
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2019 1:08 PM CDT

(NEWSER) – Nick Major was spending time outside on Vancouver Island in mid-May when a bat “essentially ran into his hand,” according to provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. It’s atypical to encounter a bat in the daylight, but apparently Major saw no cause for concern right away. Six weeks later, however, the 21-year-old martial arts instructor developed symptoms of rabies, the CBC reports. He died in a hospital Saturday after going into a coma over the weekend, Global News reports. “As is often the case, when you come in contact with a bat, you may not actually see a scratch or bite,” Henry says. “Clearly, in this case, there was at least a small puncture wound that led to the infection.”