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AUSTIN -- The Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department is asking the public's help in identifying a man who may have been exposed to rabies.

Health officials say around 10 a.m. Saturday, Animal Services officials received a call regarding a grounded bat. By the time police arrived, a man picked up the bat and ran toward the Ann Richards Bridge.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Disease Surveillance Program at (512) 972-5555.

Health officials say rabies exposure occurs when a person is bitten or scratched by a potentially rabid animal or when open wounds are contaminated with the tissue of a potentially rabid animal. Health officials say it may take weeks for rabies symptoms to show in humans. Early signs include fever, headache, confusion, sleepiness and agitation.

Online reports listed for January through April of this year show 13 bats have tested positive for rabies in Travis County during that period. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, 89 bats tested positive for rabies in Travis County last year.

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