Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 8/23/12

Fans who attended the August 17 preseason game between the Ravens and Lions have been urged to contact their local health department following a potential rabies scare at M&T Bank Stadium. During the game, a bat reportedly landed on a person in the stands. The bat was not captured and therefore can not be tested for rabies.

Bats commonly carry rabies and officials said in a press release that rabies can change animal behavior, making typically friendly, domesticated animals more aggressive and wild animals more friendly. Since bats are usually afraid of people, it is somewhat alarming that one may have landed on a fan. The Maryland health department urges people to avoid touching any bat that should enter their home and to try to capture it and not let it go until animal control has tested it, unless you are sure no animal or person in your household came into contact with the bat.

We have seen several incidences of animals in sports over the years like a this furry creature delaying a baseball game or a golfer getting attacked by a reptile, but possible exposure to rabies has to be among the strangest occurrences. Hopefully no fans who attended the game were affected.

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19 Comments:
  • I guess you have to watch for bats at more then Baseball games from now on?
  • Why don't they mention that you have to be bitten or scratched by the animal before you can contract the disease.
    Another example of 'MEDIA GONE WILD' Hopefully most people are smart enough not to go to their local health department and take away time from someone that might truly need care. SHEESH!!!
  • First of all, I am sure the NFL just wanted to warn those just in case. A small scratch can go unnoticed.What is the big deal of being concerned for the people (fans) anyway.The big deal would be that someone gets sick and others knew they possibly could and never said anything.SHEESH!!!
  • I work with bats and this story is ridiculous. First of all you cannot contract rabies from a bat "landing" on you. Rabies is transmitted through saliva. Second, bats do not "commonly carry rabies". It is estimated that less than 1% of the wild bat population carry the disease.
    Bats are so important to our ecosystem and are so misunderstood and stigmatized. I just had to comment on this ridiculous story!!
  • Thank you! 'Nuff said.
  • @batlover: If they posted that it wouldn't make for a great news story.
  • You may work with bats but where I live in Tennessee they are, as of 5 years ago, on the national list of animals to be careful of because they are among rabies carriers!
  • There is no one test but rather a series of tests that may indicate if you have rabbies. By the time you show any symptons it's too late to be cured and you die.
  • Clearly you're insane
  • Bats eat mosquitos like they were going out of style. I would encourage bats.
  • Ridiculousness and sensationalism! I agree with your "MEDIA GONE WILD' statement. The bat landed on ONE person who wasn't bitten or scratched. One other person helped get the bat off. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene stated that there is no need for people to go running to the health department or their doctors.

    Go Ravens!
  • I thaught may be that was either the Palin, Brewer, Bachmann or Ann Coulter circling some bad moon risisng. Then again looking at the face, looks like ugly Palin or Jan Brewer warts.
  • Ridiculousness and sensationalism! I agree with your "MEDIA GONE WILD'statement PaddyH. The bat landed on ONE person who wasn't bitten or scratched. One other person helped get the bat off. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene stated that there is no need for people to go running to the health department or their doctors.

    Go Ravens!
  • http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/bats/index.html. This link is to a CDC note on bats and rabies. It is brief and worth reading from what I have seen here.
  • Hey, let's blow everything out of proportion and cause widespread panic. You have to be bitten or scratched by an infected animal severe enough to draw blood before you can become infected. I'd me more worried about the guy the bat landed on. Did he have unusually long incisors? Can you see his reflection in a mirror?
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