Youngster from Florida dies of rabies after touching a sick bat

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Despite his instructions, Henry told NBC News that his son came into contact with the bat and was scratched.

According to the creator of the protocol, Dr Rodney Willoughby, it has saved at least two children in the U.S. and 18 people around the world. The boy didn't listen to his father, so he went to the porch and touched the bat.

A 6-year-old in Florida named Ryker Roque has died from rabies despite the use of an experimental protocol to treat the condition.

Roque said that he proceeded to wash Ryker's wound but that he ultimately avoided seeking medical attention for the child because his son cried at the suggestion of getting shots.

A week later, the boy complained of having a headache and that his fingers were numb. When he took his son to the hospital and mentioned the bat scratch, the doctors were alarmed.

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He said doctors told him that once rabies symptoms emerge, it's almost impossible to stop and nearly always lethal.

With bats it can be hard to tell that you've been bitten due to the small size of their teeth. It can take months until the symptoms start. With smaller children, they often don't recall the incident afterward, which makes treatment hard. According to the CDC, "once a person begins to exhibit signs of the disease, survival is rare".

Tragically, the treatment was unsuccessful in Ryker's case, and he succumbed to the disease on Sunday. Two of the people in the United States whose survival has been attributed to the protocol in the last 10 years did not have antibodies for the rabies virus in their blood, which may mean they weren't infected with the virus in the first place.

The treatment involves putting the patient into a coma while administering a cocktail of anti-viral drugs and drugs to reduce brain activity including ketamine, benzodiazepines and amantadine. This happened in 2004 when she was 15.

A GoFundMe account has been established in the hopes of covering incoming medical bills for the Roque family.

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