AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Austin-Travis County Health and Human Services department is looking for a man who dropped off a sick bat at a local vet clinic.
The department is concerned the man may have been exposed to rabies.
The man delivered the bat to Austin Vet Care, 4106 North Lamar, on Sunday around 2:30 p.m. He is described as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall, and bald with a stocky build. The man was last seen wearing a green t-shirt and black shorts.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Disease Surveillance Program at 512-972-5555.
According to health and human services, rabies exposure occurs when a person is bitten or scratched by a potentially rabid animal. The person may also be exposed when an abrasion, open wound, or mucous membrane is contaminated with the saliva, brain or nervous system tissue of a potentially rabid animal.
It may be several weeks or longer before a person shows symptoms after being infected. Early indicators can include fever or headaches. The symptoms get more severe from there, affecting a person's nervous system. Once this occurs, a person usually does not survive, the department said.
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