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Health Officials Seek Help Identifying Woman Possibly Exposed to Rabies

Updated: Friday, August 8 2014, 03:53 PM CDT
Health Officials in Williamson County are asking for the public's help to identify a woman who may have been exposed to rabies.

According to the Williamson County and Cities Health District, the woman was at the Walmart on East Palm Valley Boulevard in Round Rock, when she was bitten by a bat as she was leaving the store on Wednesday night around 9:15 p.m.

Witnesses say the woman was a white female, possibly in her 20's. She was wearing flip flops and a blue-colored shirt.

Round Rock Animal Control investigators were called to the store but the bat was released before they arrived and the potential victim had left the store, a press release said.

Investigators have been unable to determine if the bat was infected with the rabies virus.

Prompt medical evaluation for rabies prophylaxis is vital so if anyone has information about the identity of the woman, please contact WCCHD at (512) 943-3660. For reporting after-hours, weekends, or holidays, call (512) 864-8387.

Public health officials always urge anyone who has been bitten by an animal to contact a doctor or health care provider right away.

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.

Officials say 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 has the advanced symptoms, officials say that person usually does not survive.

For more information contact: Round Rock Animal Control at (512) 218-5500, or the Texas Department of State Health Services disease control hotlines: 1-800-705-8868 or 1-800-252-8239.
 Health Officials Seek Help Identifying Woman Possibly Exposed to Rabies

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