Possible rabies exposure in Central Austin

The City of Austin says that there has been a possible human rabies exposure.

According to a press release obtained by FOX 7

The Austin/Travis County Health & Human Services Department and Austin Parks and Recreation Department would like to inform our community about a bat testing positive for rabies. This bat was retrieved from a statue at the Austin Nature and Science Center, 301 Nature Center Drive, around 4:00 pm on Sunday, September 20, 2015 during “Austin Museum Day” when the center was open to the public at no cost. If anyone handled or had direct contact with this bat, please contact our Disease Surveillance Program at 512-972-5555 for more information.


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. This is why it is critical to talk to your doctor or health care provider right away if any animal bites you, especially a wild animal.

Austin/Travis County Health and Human Service’s Disease Surveillance Program:

512-972-5555

DSHS HSR7 Zoonosis Program:

254-778-6744


For more information on Rabies please visit the Center for Disease Control's website

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