The Ministry of Health says the 21-year-old man was in contact with a bat in mid-May.
Henry said the man may not have realized the gravity of the collision.
One thing people can do to avoid getting it is to wear long sleeves and trousers if they know they're going to be in an area where they may be bats - whether that's locally or if they're travelling overseas.
"Clearly, in this case, there was at least a small puncture wound that led to the infection".
The man developed symptoms of rabies six weeks later and died at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver on Saturday.
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Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s chief medical health officer, said health officials did not realize Major had contracted rabies until the disease had progressed significantly. The man encountered the infected bat on Vancouver Island in May.
Deaths from rabies infection are extremely rare.
Health Canada says between 2006 and 2010, a total of 1,005 cases of confirmed animal rabies were reported in Canada.
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Dr. Eleni Galantis with the B.C. Centre for Disease Control said it would be entirely possible to receive a scratch from a bat without knowing it.
"Certainly, he did have known direct contact with a bat", she said.
"But as we say, most bats go about their life without coming into contact with humans".
Anyone who comes in contact with a bat, even if there is no obvious bite or scratch, are advised to wash the area with soap and water and then consult a health-care provider immediately. Preventative measures are being taken when necessary in case of post-exposure rabies. "Sometimes the window can be many months ... but once symptoms start to show, it is nearly universally fatal", said Henry. "If you had contact with bats, you do need to be vaccinated to make sure that you don't have any bad diseases", - said in the Ministry of health. Rabid bats have been found in nearly every county. Those species are known to roost in buildings, mines, cliffs, caves, bat houses, rock piles and trees - specifically cottonwoods.
The risk from rabies and bats is everywhere in B.C., noted Henry.
"Bats don't like to be around people, so this should be an alarming signal". The only other recorded case in B.C. was in 2003.
Dagenais said a bat should never be handled with bare hands. But it's very small. He did not have any visible bite or scratch marks. "It's very, very important people wear gloves".
About 13 per cent of bats tested in B.C. are positive for rabies and the Health Ministry said this presents a continuing risk for people and pets.
"Bats also lick themselves and the rabies virus has been found on the outside of their body, so if a bat brushes against you, the virus can be transmitted through a mucus membrane, via your eyes or mouth".