Mass. health officials confirm human rabies case
BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts public health officials say a human has contracted rabies in the state for the first time in 75 years.
The commissioner of the state Public Health Department is holding a news conference later today to discuss the case.
Officials say the person was likely infected in-state.
In 1983, a 30-year-old Waltham man died after being exposed to rabies, apparently from a dog bite in Africa. The man developed symptoms about three months after returning to the U.S., and was admitted to Waltham Hospital for treatment.
He died on Jan. 28, 1983, according to records from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
No other details on the new case were immediately available.