A man has died and more than 40 people are being treated for possible rabies exposure in northeast Brazil – after vampire bats started to feed off humans.  Victims report waking to find their bed sheets soaked in blood – and the outbreak is the largest wave of attacks ever recorded in the region. The death is the first recorded case of human rabies,

transmitted by a bat, in Brazil since 2004. One of the victims, Matheus Andrade, who lives in the historic center of the city said: ‘I was bitten three times. ‘When I woke up in the morning, I found the bed was wet. It had been raining overnight and I thought water had dripped in. But it was my blood. It was such a shock. ‘The wound was tiny but deep, the blood was dark and thick and the area wouldn’t stop bleeding even when I tried washing it off.’ READ MORE