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Boy Possibly Exposed To Rabid Bat In Downtown Austin

Updated: Wednesday, August 20 2014, 07:11 PM CDT

City of Austin health officials say they are looking for an approximately six-year-old boy that came in contact with a bat under the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge in Downtown Austin that has tested positive for rabies.

Officials say the incident happened on Aug. 18 at around 9 p.m. The boy was reported to be wearing a green shirt and an observer noted the boy picked up the bat.

If anyone has information, contact the Health Department office at 512-972-5555 or after 5 p.m. (512) 802-1575.

More information on rabies from the Austin Health Department:

Rabies exposure occurs only when a person is bitten or scratched by a potentially rabid animal, or 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 people to show symptoms after being infected with rabies. The early signs of rabies can be fever or headache, but this changes quickly to nervous system signs such as confusion, sleepiness, or agitation.

Once someone with a rabies infection starts having these symptoms, that person usually does not survive. This is why it is critical to talk to your doctor or health care provider right away if any animal bites you, especially a wild animal.

For more information contact:

Austin/Travis County Health and Human Service's Disease Surveillance Program: 

512-972-5555 during day time hours. After hours please call 512-802-1575.

DSHS HSR7 Zoonosis Program:

254-778-6744

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Boy Possibly Exposed To Rabid Bat In Downtown Austin


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