Bat at Clippers-Pacers game may have exposed fans to rabies

Referee Ron Garretson reacts as a bat flies on the court during the first half of an NBA basketball
Referee Ron Garretson reacts as a bat flies around the court during a game between the Indiana Pacers and the Clippers on Feb. 7 in Indianapolis.
(Darron Cummings / Associated Press)

Indiana health officials say people who had contact with a bat last week during an Indiana Pacers game might have been exposed to rabies.

The Indiana State Department of Health says anyone who may have touched the bat with bare skin when it flew around during the Pacers’ 116-92 win over the Clippers on Thursday in Indianapolis is urged to contact the department or a healthcare provider about receiving rabies vaccinations.

The department says the rabies status of the bat, which is no longer inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse, is unknown.

Health officials say a person is considered potentially exposed to rabies only if direct contact occurs between a bat and the person’s bare skin. So far there have been no reports of anyone having direct contact with the bat.

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