AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department is working to identify a woman who came in contact with a bat that has tested positive for rabies.
The woman came in contact with the infected bat on July 3 around 10:15 p.m. under the Congress Avenue Bridge at Lady Bird Lake, the department said in a news release on Monday .
The release said an observer reported to the health and human services department that the woman was wearing flip flops and the bat came in contact with her feet.
Rabies exposure occurs only when a person is bitten or scratched by a potentially rabid animal and it may take several weeks or longer for people to show symptoms after being infected, health department officials said.
Signs of rabies:
Early on, fever or headache. Followed quickly by changes 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 a doctor or health care provider right away bitten by any animal, especially a wild animal, the city's health department said.
Signs about the rabid bat were posted around that location Friday when lab results can back positive for rabies, but the department reports they have received no calls yet.
The department asks if anyone has any information to contact the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Service's Disease Surveillance Program at 512-972-5555 immediately.
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