St. Petersburg (CBS Tampa) – Children who found and played with a live bat may have been exposed to rabies and will be administered vaccinations.
WFTS-TV reports that the children found the bat at the Meadows Apartments in St. Petersburg. The bat could not be found to be tested for rabies.
The Pinellas County Health Department dropped off letters and posted notices in the common areas of the apartment complex.
Bats are the most common rabies carriers in the United States. An infected animal does not need to bite in order to expose a person with rabies. If untreated, rabies is irreversible and can result in death.
Early symptoms include a fever, cough or sore throat. Other symptoms also include pain, burning, itching, tingling, or numbness on the area where a person was exposed.