8,000 inquire about 201 apartments as Central Florida officials seek affordable housing options

Orlando’s Pendana at West Lakes mixed-income apartments have debuted with 8,000 prospective tenants inquiring about 201 units, some of which rent for less than half of the going market rate.

The number of applicants for the new development near Camping World Stadium underscores Orlando’s ranking as one of the country’s toughest housing markets for the lowest-income renters, reported the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Metro Orlando’s gap between wages and housing costs hurt the region’s attractiveness as a place to live, according to a new report by U.S. News & World Report that ranked Metro Orlando 78th.

“I hope and pray people see the demand,” said Orlando renter Anita Mouton, who added that she is on a waiting list, hoping Pendana units will open later in the year. “What are they waiting on to create more of these? You need these in this community. This is a low-budget city.”

In search of housing solutions, more than 100 Central Florida officials and housing executives last week finalized a series of regional housing workshops organized by Orange County. Upcoming recommendations are likely to include adding new home-construction taxes, expanding the types of housing allowed in neighborhoods, carving out land trusts to lower costs and requiring some affordable residences in typical communities.

Developers and builders have objected to driving up costs but the various housing groups all agree that Florida lawmakers should stop raiding state funds earmarked for affordable housing. Last month, the Legislature bucked its own task-force recommendations by diverting $185 million from housing trust funds to spend on school safety. That left just $109 million behind for down-payment programs, rental assistance, senior housing aid and other programs. It was the 11th consecutive year legislators dipped into housing funds to pay for other needs.

“Florida is one of the few states with the set-aside to fund affordable housing and the Legislature is choosing to funnel it to other places. …” said Sandy Hostetter, Central Florida president of Valley National Bank. The lender helped finance the $40 million Pendana project.

Legislation to protect the housing funds died in an appropriations committee that included Sen. Kelli Stargel, a Republican representing parts of south Lake County. She did not respond to phone calls.

At Pendana on a recent weekday morning, applicants lined up outside the door to the leasing office. The private-public partnership is able to offer below-market rents there because the nonprofit Lift Orlando group leveraged donated land, tax credits and other tools. Some units are rented out based on the tenants’ income — as little as 30 percent of residents’ income on select units. Other units are priced starting at $593 a month and market-rate units start at $850.

But creating another Pendana has become less likely because state and federal spending isn’t prioritizing it, Hostetter said.

The problem is particularly acute in Osceola County, which has sought solutions to house its growing population of working-class residents. Possibly thousands of residents pay about $1,200 a month to live in old hotels along U.S. Highway 192, said Susan Caswell, assistant community development administrator for Osceola, and lack the deposits and other upfront fees for better housing.

To push affordable living, the county has expedited building permits, partnered on down-payment assistance programs and allowed deferral or subsidies of impact fees. Unlike some other counties, it also embraces renters living in garage apartments. Caswell said Osceola may soon consider charging impact fees based on the size of a house rather than the number of bedrooms in an effort to encourage smaller houses.

Builders are constructing three- and four-bedroom houses when smaller and more affordable homes are needed the most in a county with average wages of $33,000, she said.

“We have made production easier, quicker and less expensive, but our fundamental issue is that our builders are building a type of housing that does not meet a need,” Caswell added.

But production home builders say they are delivering what the market demands with an eye to making a profit.

“We serve the market. We don’t control it,” said Alex Martin, division president for Mattamy Homes. “I build what I’m told. I serve the regulators and the buyers.”

Atlantic Housing Partners Principal Scott Culp said Osceola’s recent hike in residential construction taxes called impact fees has forced his company to question whether it can afford to build there. Local governments should instead call for a portion of housing to be affordably priced in new neighborhoods such as Lake Nona the way Orlando required it for Creative Village just west of downtown, he said.

Funds “would go much further and you need to require it everywhere,” he said.

One of the state’s leading advocates for affordable housing, Florida Housing Coalition President Jaimie Ross said local governments might need to guard against losing existing affordable complexes. Developers of those projects had to offer reduced rents — for a limited time — in exchange for getting up-front construction funds through the sale of federal tax credits. She warned that new political pressures from developers to further limit the time those projects must offer lower rents have mounted.

“We need to make sure we don’t lose the housing we have created,” she said.

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Millennials a surging part of U.S. real estate market, but not in Florida

Millennials a surging part of U.S. real estate market, but not in Florida

Adults under the age of 35 are beginning to buy homes at an increasing clip but Florida is struggling to attract younger homeowners. Florida cities are not in the top 50 for popularity with millennials. In fact, cities in the Sunshine State made up half of the least popular cities for millennial homebuyers. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, WBBH, and KiiiTV.

Possible Indian burial grounds could delay million-dollar homes in Central Florida

In a region where cul de sacs have quickly replaced crops over the last half century, documented encounters between development and Native American archaeological sites remain somewhat rare. Central Florida had 12 cases of prehistoric Native American human remains being found during the past two years — about a fifth of cases statewide during that time, state officials say. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

A boom in residential real estate, for some

On the surface, the annual ranking of the country’s top brokerage firms shows “significant growth” in residential sales volume — a “boom year,” RISMedia states in the 30th edition of the real estate information company’s Top 500 Power Broker Survey. But underlying the sales volume is a troubling indicator of the overall market and the growing dearth of affordable housing. [Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]

Florida property tax rates in middle of pack nationally

Property tax rates on single-family homes in 2017 ranged from a high of 2.28 percent in New Jersey to a low of 0.34 percent in Hawaii. Florida was in the middle of the pack at 1.09 percent. Alachua, St. Lucie and Palm Beach Counties had the three highest rates among Florida counties. [Source: Palm Beach Post]

How would Florida’s proposed daylight savings bill impact real estate?

On March 23, Gov. Rick Scott of Florida signed a bill to keep the state on daylight savings time year-round. Extending daylight savings time permanently could have a profound impact on when Florida real estate agents can show properties. More from Inman and WFG.

Cost per night for a 12-day stay at a proposed low Earth orbit hotel being developed by startup Orion Span. Read more from the Real Deal and Florida Today.


› Central Florida neighborhoods where home values are surging [Orlando Business Journal]
Home values grew solidly across Central Florida in 2017, but they really skyrocketed in some of Orlando’s outlying neighborhoods. Data from the Orlando Regional Realtor Association broke down single-family home sales in 2017 by ZIP code.

› On Top of the World plans detail mega non-retiree community [Ocala Star-Banner]
Kenneth Colen hopes to open the On Top of the World lifestyle to working families with the company’s planned debut of a community not restricted to those age 55 and older. The Marion County Planning and Zoning Commission last week recommended approval of a plan that would bring more than 2,500 homes to a 467-acre section of pasture land

› Real estate Ponzi schemer, Alfano La Cava, pleads guilty [Orlando Sentinel]
A real estate broker who ran a $5 million Ponzi scheme in the Orlando area based on fake real estate has pleaded guilty. But attorneys representing victims in civil lawsuits in Orlando said the scheme dated back years and included at least 100 victims and $40 million.

› Berkshire Hathaway Florida acquires South Miami firm [The Real Deal]
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty is expanding its reach in Miami-Dade. The brokerage, a subsidiary of Lennar Corp., just closed on the acquisition of Foster & Clark Real Estate, adding 24 agents to the company.

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Widow of Orlando nightclub shooter acquitted on all charges in 2016 attack


The widow of the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay Orlando nightclub was acquitted Friday on charges of lying to the FBI and helping her husband in the 2016 attack.

Noor Salman, 31, began sobbing with joy when she was found not guilty of charges of obstruction and providing material support to a terrorist organization, WKMG reported.

Salman was married to Omar Mateen when he attacked the Pulse nightclub. Police killed him after the massacre.

Prosecutors said Salman and her husband scouted out potential targets together – including Disney World’s shopping and entertainment complex – and she knew he was buying ammunition for his AR-15 in preparation for a jihadi attack.

She knew that he had a sick fascination with violent jihadi videos and an affinity for Islamic State group websites and gave him a "green light to commit terrorism," prosecutors said.

Sheriff Demings has issued a response to the Noor Salman trial and verdict: pic.twitter.com/7QFrbpD8uZ

— OCSO FL News (@OrangeCoSheriff) March 30, 2018

Defense attorneys described Salman as an easily manipulated woman with a low IQ. They said Salman, who was born in California to Palestinian parents, was abused by her husband, who cheated on her with other women and concealed much of his life from her.

Attorney Charles Swift argued there was no way Salman knew that Mateen would attack the Pulse nightclub because even he didn’t know he would attack it until moments before the shooting. His intended target was the Disney Springs complex, prosecutors said.

"It’s a horrible, random, senseless killing by a monster," Swift said during closing arguments. "But it wasn’t preplanned. The importance to this case is that if he didn’t know, she couldn’t know."

Salman’s statement to the FBI in the hours after the attack appeared to play a key role in the case. In the statement, Salman said over "the last two years, Omar talked to me about jihad."

She claimed her husband didn’t use the internet in their home, but he did, prosecutors said. She told investigators that Mateen had deactivated his Facebook account in 2013, but they found that he had an account up until the month of the shooting – and was friends with his wife. She said her husband only had one gun when he had three, and that he wasn’t radicalized, they said.

Mateen had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group before he was killed.

Salman also advised Mateen to lie to his mother when she inquired about his whereabouts on the night of the shooting, prosecutors said.

Defense attorneys said the FBI coerced Salman’s statement and she signed it because she was tired after extensive questioning and feared losing her young son. They fought to have it thrown out.

Jurors asked to review the statement more closely a couple of hours into their deliberations and the judge obliged, printing off copies for them.

During the trial, prosecutors said Mateen, who was born in New York to Afghan immigrants, intended to attack Disney World’s shopping and entertainment complex by hiding a gun in a stroller but became spooked by police and instead chose the gay club as his target.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Sweeney showed surveillance video of the Disney Springs complex that captured Mateen walking near the House of Blues club in the hours before the Pulse attack. In it, he looks behind him at police officers standing nearby before deciding to leave.

"He had to choose a new target," she said.

Salman’s attorney took the jury through the hours of her life before the attack. She called a friend and her uncle in California, saying that she was coming to visit and that Mateen would be joining them.

She talked with her in-laws, ate at Applebee’s and texted Mateen. He didn’t respond. She later went on Facebook, read a book and then texted Mateen again.

"You know you work tomorrow," she wrote.

He responded: "You know what happened?"

She wrote, "What happened?"

Then he sent his last text: "I love you, babe."

Salman did not testify in her defense.

SEE ALSO: Victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando

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Rentcafe report: Orlando tops Florida for rising apartment rates – Orlando Business Journal

Apartment renters may be seeing sticker shock when they see the rates in Orlando compared to a year ago.

That’s according to RENTCafe’s February 2018 Apartment Market Report, which showed the Orlando region saw the highest year-over-year increase in average rental rates among Florida metro areas, as well as the 11th highest increase among the 250 U.S. cities included in the study.

Orlando notched a 7.8 percent increase in average rents coming in at an average monthly rate of $1,332, the report showed.

See the photo gallery to see Florida cities ranked by one-year increase in average rents.

Apartment market statistics have a huge impact on the business community, since nearly 40 percent of Central Florida’s residents live in apartments — including lawyers, restaurant owners, hotel owners, bankers and their employees, experts previously told Orlando Business Journal. And the dominant demographic in the workforce — millennials — also lean towards apartment rentals, which means the market’s health means a lot to employers seeking top talent as well as the region’s economy as a whole.

But as expensive as renting an apartment seems in Orlando, our metro area ranked No. 93 among the the 250 cities when it comes to price. In fact, renters in Manhattan pay about three times as much at $4,063 per month, which was the nation’s highest average rent. That was followed by San Francisco at $3,428 and Boston at $3,221. When looking at percentage increase, however, two Texas cities, Odessa and Midland, had the biggest increase at 38.9 and 35.7 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, RENTCafe in a separate report ranked Florida as one of the least renter-friendly states in the country. RENTCafe determined the rankings by looking at laws related to 10 different aspects of renting, including rent increase notices, eviction policies and landlord’s access to properties.

Florida ranked 40th in the country for renter-friendly states, the report showed. Among the factors cited are a three-day termination notice for nonpayment of rent, a seven-day termination notice for lease violations, and the fact that there are no existing statutes regarding maximum security deposit or for rent increase notices for month-to-month renters.

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Florida’s Tampa and Orlando Housing Markets Ranked First and Fourth Best U.S. Cities for First-time Buyers

According to Zillow’s 2018 Best Markets for First-Time Buyers Analysis, first-time buyers in the U.S. looking for an affordable home without much competition may have the best luck in the State of Florida, with both Tampa and Orlando ranked high in the Top 10 best cities for first-time home buyers in 2018. Texas also had 3 cities ranked high on the same list.

Zillow ranked the 35 largest U.S. housing markets based on where first-time buyers have the best chance to find an affordable home with little buyer competition and strong forecasted home value appreciation. First-time buyers make up 42 percent of all buyers, according to the 2017 Zillow Group Report on Consumer Housing Trends.

The U.S. housing market is competitive for all buyers, as there are not enough homes for sale to meet today’s strong buyer demand. In January, inventory of the least expensive homes was down 17.1 percent annually, compared to a 9.7 percent decrease for all homes. In 2017, nearly a quarter of home sales were above the listed price. This puts first-time buyers at a disadvantage this home shopping season because they won’t have the capital from a previous home sale to help fund a down payment or keep up with bidding wars. Saving up for a down payment is the most commonly cited barrier to homeownership.

New buyers will have it easiest in the Southeast, especially Texas and Florida. Five of the top 10 markets for first-time buyers are in those two states. Homes in those markets require a smaller down payment, and buyers are more likely to encounter price cuts.

First-time buyers are likely to face the most difficulty in pricy West Coast markets, especially California metros. Not only are homes expensive, but inventory is especially limited, and it takes longer to break even on a home purchase.

Ten Best Markets for First-Time Homebuyers in 2018

1. Tampa, FL
2. Indianapolis, IN
3. Houston, TX
4. Orlando, FL
5. San Antonio, TX
6. Saint Louis, MO
7. Philadelphia, PA
8. Atlanta, GA
9. Las Vegas, NV
10. Dallas, TX

"More and more millennials are reaching the point in their lives where they are ready to buy a home, but they are entering a highly competitive housing market that has been plagued by low inventory, especially among entry-level homes," said Zillow Senior Economist Aaron Terrazas. "Southeastern markets will be easiest for new buyers, where homes are more affordable and there’s less competition. People planning to buy for the first time in some of the tougher markets should be prepared to face a more competitive environment, but that doesn’t mean they should count out buying entirely."

Zillow’s list of the best markets for first-time buyers is based on five metrics:

Low median home value that requires a smaller down payment
Strong forecasted home value appreciation
High inventory-to-household ratio, to indicate available supply
Short Breakeven Horizon, which is the time it takes for buying to be financially advantageous compared to renting
High share of listings with a price cut

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A Bad Obama Labor Rule, Resurrected

The National Labor Relations Board dealt small businesses a blow on Monday when it brought back an Obama -era definition of what constitutes an employer. The reversal means that more companies will be classified as “joint employers” of their franchisees’ workers and contract staff, subjecting these businesses to greater risk and stricter regulations. Congress should end this bureaucratic meddling by passing the Save Local Businesses Act, which would provide clarity to small businesses by reinstating the old standard.

Before the Obama administration, the NLRB had long upheld a common-sense definition of who is an employer. For a “joint employer” relationship to exist, both companies needed to “meaningfully affect” the workers by participating in processes such as hiring, firing, discipline and supervision.

In 2015 an activist NLRB, dominated by President Obama’s appointees, overturned this precedent in its Browning-Ferris decision. This ruling expanded the definition of an employer to include entities with “indirect” control over job conditions. This broad standard threatened to upend the entire franchise business model, as well as all other forms of contracting.

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New NLRB members appointed by President Trump reversed this overreach last December with the Hy-Brand ruling. But two Democratic senators, Patty Murray and Elizabeth Warren, convinced the NLRB’s inspector general that the board member who cast the deciding vote had a conflict of interest, because he had previously worked at the law firm that represented the defendant in Browning-Ferris. So now the Obama-era standard prevails once more.

The definition of “employer” isn’t a mere semantic question. The NLRB’s decision to revert to the 2015 definition puts hundreds of thousands of small businesses and millions of jobs at risk. As the former chief executive of CKE Restaurants, which owns Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, I saw firsthand how the franchise model empowers entrepreneurs, often from humble backgrounds, to achieve the American dream by becoming small-business owners.

I also saw how a broad joint-employer standard would disrupt this model by making franchisers liable for the countless managerial decisions their franchisees make each day. If a manager at one franchised McDonald’s location in Chattanooga commits a labor violation, the franchiser could be sued even though executives at McDonald’s headquarters don’t decide which workers mop the floors in each restaurant or how they’re compensated.

To protect themselves from lawsuits, franchisers would be forced to increase their control over every piddling labor decision. Franchisees would become owners in name only, unable to negotiate even their employees’ pay. Who would risk time and money investing in a business they were unable to manage? Discussing the Hy-Brand decision on Wednesday, White House budget director and former restaurant franchisee Mick Mulvaney noted “the joint-employer rule could be the . . . end of the franchising business as we know it.”

Left standing, this threat to the franchise system could also seriously damage the U.S. economy. A recent report by the International Franchise Association and PricewaterhouseCoopers states that as of 2016 franchise businesses helped produce 10.1% percent of all private nonfarm jobs and 7.4% of all private nonfarm gross domestic product. That’s huge.

The good news is that the Save Local Businesses Act would provide a legislative fix by pre-empting the NLRB. This is a bill that even today’s polarized Congress can pass; in fact, it passed the House last November. In the Senate, the bill’s job-creating potential should attract at least the nine Democratic votes needed to overcome a filibuster.

Although Americans often have little recourse to dispute a decision made by unelected bureaucrats, this harmful employment standard is one that lawmakers actually have a shot at fixing. Congress can protect small businesses and demonstrate its effectiveness in the process. But it must act fast before too many minds drift from policy to politics.

Mr. Puzder is a board member of the Job Creators Network and author of “The Capitalist Comeback: The Trump Boom and the Left’s Plot to Stop It,” forthcoming in April.

Appeared in the March 2, 2018, print edition.

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Orlando International Airport Considers Replacing TSA with Privatized Airport Security

ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) – The fight over airport security is heating up at the Orlando International Airport.

The Orange County government is looking to get rid of the TSA and hire private contractors to operate the airport’s security measures. The TSA will still oversee the security of the airport, but the actual agents and screeners will be private contractors if the vote goes through.

Supports of the TSA do not want this and say that the TSA is doing a good job. Last year, the Orlando International Airport ranked seventh in the nation when it comes to guns and other

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The first housing complex for adults with developmental disabilities opens in Orlando

Designed specifically for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities, Quest Village gives its tenants a chance at autonomy.

The brainchild of Quest Inc., a nonprofit that provides aide to those with developmental or intellectual disabilities, the 40-unit housing complex is the first of its kind in Central Florida. Rents are on a fixed scale and start as low as $379 a month, plus a fee for services like housekeeping and assistance with meals, among others.

“Our hope is that [the tenants will] acquire the skills so they don’t need our help anymore,” John Gill, president and CEO of Quest Village, told WFTV. “Every individual will be reassessed every quarter, so if they developed the skills, they may not need the support anymore.”

Around 30 residents have so far been welcomed into the new $12 million village, which sits on five acres along Woodbury Road.

“There are 50,000 individuals with a developmental disability turning 18 each year,” Gill said in an interview with WKMG. “Just like typical people, they want to live on their own. But they need a little help.”

To learn more about the complex, click here.

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These Are the Best Places to Get Married in 2018 by State

Urbanites rejoice: Your big city wedding dream might not be as unrealistic as you’d think.

Though planning a wedding is incredibly challenging and costly—couples shell out an average of $35,000 for their wedding day!—picking your favorite city venue might not be out of the question.

Finance website WalletHub compared over 180 of the biggest cities in U.S. across 23 key indicators of cost-effectiveness, convenience, and enjoyment to help brides and grooms find their perfect wedding venue, and surprisingly, some of the biggest U.S. cities landed highest on the list.

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The data set ranges from average wedding cost to venues and event spaces per capita to hotel availability. So even though some of the biggest U.S. cities made the list, they take into account the amount of resources available to wedding planners and engaged couples alike.

These are the top 10 overall best cities to marry in, according to Wallet Hub:

1. Orlando, Florida

2. Las Vegas

3. Atlanta

4. Los Angeles

5. Miami

6. San Diego

7. San Fransisco

8. Chicago

9. New York City

10. Portland, Oregon

In addition, Wallet Hub rounded up the best city to wed in every state, and luckily, they’re some of the most beautiful spots in the country. Check to see if your venue’s city made the list:

Alabama: Birmingham

Alaska: Anchorage

Arizona: Tucson

Arkansas: Little Rock

California: Los Angeles

Colorado: Denver

Connecticut: New Haven

Delaware: Wilmington

Florida: Orlando

Georgia: Atlanta

Hawaii: Honolulu

Idaho: Boise City

Illinois: Chicago

Indiana: Indianapolis

Iowa: Des Moines

Kansas: Wichita

Kentucky: Louisville

Louisiana: New Orleans

Maine: Portland

Maryland: Baltimore

Massachusetts: Boston

Michigan: Detroit

Minnesota: Minneapolis

Mississippi: Jackson

Missouri: St. Louis

Montana: Billings

Nebraska: Omaha

Nevada: Las Vegas

New Hampshire: Manchester

New Jersey: Jersey City

New Mexico: Albuquerque

New York: New York City

North Carolina: Charlotte

North Dakota: Fargo

Ohio: Cincinnati

Oklahoma: Oklahoma City

Oregon: Portland

Pennsylvania: Philadelphia

Rhode Island: Providence

South Carolina: Columbia

South Dakota: Rapid City

Tennessee: Knoxville

Texas: Austin

Utah: Salt Lake City

Vermont: Burlington

Washington: Seattle

West Virginia: Charleston

Wisconsin: Milwaukee

Wyoming: Casper

You don’t need to sacrifice your dream venue for your budget— you can have your (wedding) cake and eat it too.

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Orlando Boy Told Don’t Touch Bat; He Died From Rabies

ORLANDO, FL — A 6-year-old Orlando boy who was scratched or bitten by a bat and contracted rabies has died. Ryker Roque died at an Orlando hospital on Sunday, according to a post from the online fundraising website GoFundMe.

“We fought, Ryker fought very hard, he is our soldier,” the post said. “We lost our fight today, January 14, 2018. We have to lay or angel to rest now.”

Ryker’s father, Henry Roque, lost his job during the ordeal and now the family seeks donations and prayers, the post said.

The boy was bitten by a bat and became infected with the rabies virus, the post said. Two weeks later, the boy began experiencing spasms and couldn’t walk, so they rushed him to the hospital.

Multiple media outlets reported that Ryker’s father found a bat and placed it into a bucket. Henry Roque told the boy not to touch it, he said, but Ryker reached in and touched the animal anyway. Henry said the bat scratched his son.


He told NBC News that he frantically Google searched what to do, so he washed his son’s hands with soap and hot water for several minutes. The boy was scared of getting a rabies shot though, so he didn’t receive treatment soon enough.

Later, Ryker started experiencing finger numbness and a headache.

According to Today.com, Henry Roque said: “They went frantically looking for the other doctors to tell them that it was a bat and how severe it was. And then they all came in. We had a conference and they explained to me that it’s almost always lethal.”

He was put into a medically induced coma and underwent a treatment known as the “Milwaukee Protocol” in hopes of saving his life. The treatment has saved the lives of two other children in America.

Photo of Ryker via GoFundMe

According to the Mayo Clinic, rabies is a deadly virus that spreads to people from the saliva of infected animals and is usually transmitted through a bite. Bats are among the animals most likely to transmit rabies in America. Once symptoms of rabies begin to show, the disease is nearly always fatal, the organization said.

Symptoms include: fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, agitation, anxiety, confusion, hyperactivity, excessive salivation, hallucinations, insomnia and partial paralysis.

Rabies kills more than 59,000 people every year, mostly children in Africa and Asia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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