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Bat may have exposed man to rabies

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Authorities are asking for help locating a man they say may have exposed to rabies by a sick bat.

The Austin/Travis County Health & Human Services Department said the man delivered a sick bat to Austin Vet Care on North Lamar Sunday afternoon.

The man is a white male who is bald. He is described as being six feet tall with a stocky build. He was wearing a green short sleeved shirt and black shorts. If anybody has any information on the identity of the man they are asked to contact the Disease Surveillance Program at 512-972-5555.

Rabies exposure can occur when somebody is bitten or scratched by a potentially rabid animal. It can also occur when abrasions, open wounds or mucous membranes are contaminated with the saliva, brain or nervous system tissue of a potentially rabid animal.

It may take several weeks or longer for symptoms of a rabies infection to appear. Early signs of infection include fever or headache. This quickly changes to nervous system problems such as confusion, sleepiness, or agitation. Once an infected person begins to show these symptoms, they usually do not survive. That is why it is critical to seek medical help if somebody suffers an animal bite, especially if the animal is a wild animal.

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