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2nd Woman Bitten By Bat At Walmart Store

Updated: Tuesday, August 19 2014, 03:25 PM CDT
Officials in Williamson County say second woman was reportedly bitten by a bat at a Walmart store in Round Rock.

The victim, a 37-year-old woman reportedly called the Williamson County and Cities Health District on Friday, and told health officials she had two bite marks on her hand.

Officials say the woman said she may have been bitten while swiping a bat away from her leg, while she was inside the store. She is now receiving  a series of shots to treat the
rabies virus.  

The woman said she was shopping in the store on East Palm Valley Boulevard on August 6, at the same time another woman was bitten, a press release said.

Health officials are continuing the search for the other woman who is
described as a white female, possibly in her 20's, wearing shorts, flip
flops, and a blue colored shirt. 

Round Rock Animal Control
investigators say all of the bats they have tested, so far, are not
carrying the rabies virus.

Prompt medical evaluation for rabies
prophylaxis is vital so if anyone has information about the identity of
the woman, please contact WCCHD at 512-943-3660.  

For reporting
after-hours, weekends, or holidays, call 512-864-8387. 

Public health
officials always urge anyone who has been bitten by an animal to contact
a doctor or health care provider right away. 

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
infected, survival is rare once any symptoms of rabies occur.2nd Woman Bitten By Bat At Walmart Store

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