California Veteran Dies After Contracting Rabies Overseas

by Staff Blogger | September 6th, 2011

September 5, 2011

It doesn’t always have to be a traumatic injury to warrant a soldier needing disability benefits. Some debilitating or fatal illnesses, as invisible as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or as obvious as HIV, can inhibit as soldier’s ability to do their job as much as an amputation can. In one such case, a soldier who called Livermore, California, home recently died after contracting rabies while overseas.

CBS-San Francisco reported the 24-year-old Army Specialist was based out of Fort Drum in New York, with the 10th Mountain Division. He had returned home in May following deployment to Afghanistan with the 615th Military Police Company, when he began to show signs of the disease. It is unclear how and where the soldier contracted the illness, but military officials have said they have determined the man did not become infected while in New York.

Rabies is a disease contracted normally through the bite of an infected animal. It causes death through creating swelling in the brain and, in human cases, can take several months before seeing signs of the disease. Symptoms start out very much like the flu, but gradually worsen to the point of paralysis and hallucinations. If untreated, lmost all cases are fatal, with death coming within a week.

The California Veterans Disability Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers understand traumatic injuries aren’t the only cause for a soldier, or their family, to need benefits. Contact them today by filling out a free online consultation form to take a closer look at your case.