The Loudoun County Health Department says they have received a report several teenage girls may have been exposed to rabies.
The health department says the girls handled an injured or dead bat on July 23 at the Potomack Lakes Sportsplex.
Bats are capable of transmitting rabies, according to health officials. The health department is recommending these teens who came in contact with the bats to seek medical advice immediately to be evaluated for rabies prevention medication.
The health department says rabies is caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. It can be prevented through vaccinations, but is fatal if left untreated.