There were more than Ravens and Lions at the NFL exhibition game Friday August 17th.
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) is alerting fans they may have been exposed to rabies from bats.
A bat reportedly landed on someone in the 500 section of M & T Bank Stadium during the game. The bat was brushed off and flew away so it couldn't be tested for rabies. But the concern comes from the bat touching the fan and possibly others seated nearby.
Anyone that was in the 500 section of the stadium and had contact with the bat is being told to call their local health department.
DHMH Says, "The Bats are an important part of our environment; however, they can sometimes be infected with rabies. Rabies is a viral disease of mammals that can be transmitted by infectious saliva, usually through a bite."
"People should take special precautions if their pet encounters a wild animal," says Kim Mitchell, DHMH Chief of Rabies and Vector-borne Diseases. "Anyone who has had contact with a pet or a wild animal that they suspect might have rabies should consult with their health care provider as soon as possible. Rabies is a very serious disease that can be prevented with prompt medical assessment and timely vaccination following exposure."
Rabies after contact is prevented by a series of four vaccine shots given over 14 days and a dose of rabies immunoglobulin given at the beginning of the series.
To avoid being exposed to rabies:
General information about rabies can be found on the Maryland Rabies page:
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