ST. PAUL, Minn. - Health officials are searching for people who may have been exposed to two rabid bats in St. Paul over the last week, after an unidentified woman dropped the animals off at a veterinary facility.
According to a press release from the Minnesota Department of Health, the woman dropped the bats off on Thursday, Sept. 6 at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center for rabies testing.
They say the woman left before the vet staff could get any contact information from her.
Both bats tested positive for rabies.
The MDH is now seeking to learn if the woman, or anyone else, were exposed to the bats while they were alive.
If you are the person who dropped off the bats, or if you know the person who did, please call the MDH at 651-201-5414 so rabies specialists can assess if rabies prevention shots are needed.
They say that person's personal information can be strictly confidential.
"If someone has been bitten or exposed to a bat, it is very important to test the bat for rabies," said Dr. Joni Scheftel, State Public Health Veterinarian. "If this is not possible, then rabies prevention shots should be given as soon as possible."
The MDH release states, "Anyone who has concerns about an animal bite or an encounter with a wild animal should contact their health care provider promptly."