Depart­ment: Pos­si­ble ra­bies ex­po­sure from bat at Pac­ers-Clip­pers game

Santa Fe New Mexican - - SPORTS -

IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS — In­di­ana health of­fi­cials say peo­ple who had con­tact with a bat last week dur­ing an In­di­ana Pac­ers game have pos­si­bly been ex­posed to ra­bies.

The In­di­ana State Depart­ment of Health says any­one who may have touched the bat with bare skin when it flew around at the Pac­ers game Thurs­day in In­di­anapo­lis is urged to con­tact the depart­ment or a health care provider about re­ceiv­ing ra­bies vac­ci­na­tions. The game was against the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers.

The depart­ment says the ra­bies sta­tus of the bat, which is no longer in­side Bankers Life Field­house, is un­known.

Health of­fi­cials say a per­son is con­sid­ered po­ten­tially ex­posed to ra­bies only if di­rect con­tact oc­curs be­tween a bat and the per­son’s bare skin. So far there have been no re­ports of any­one hav­ing di­rect con­tact with the bat.

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