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Identity Sought Of Austin Man Exposed To Rabies
A sick bat has exposed an Austin man to rabies and authorities need help finding him.
The Austin/Travis County Health & Human Services Department says on Sunday a man brought the bat to Austin Vet Care, 4106 North Lamar Blvd. between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.
He is white, approximately 6 feet tall, bald with a stocky build, wearing a green short sleeved shirt and black shorts. (See image above.)
Anyone with information may call the department's Disease Surveillance Program at 512-972-5555.
Information from Austin/Travis County Health & Human Services 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.