Rabies concern prompts search for Austin runner

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AUSTIN (KXAN) – Health officials are looking for a runner who picked up a bat near the Ann Richards Bridge Saturday saying the runner could have been exposed to rabies.

The Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department says Animal Services took a call about a grounded bat around 10:30 a.m. By the time officers arrived, a the man picked up the bat.

If you know the runner you are asked to contact our Disease Surveillance Program at 512-972-5555.

Health officials say it could take several weeks before humans show symptoms of 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. Rabies can be deadly once it reaches the advanced stages.

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