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Florida Department of Health Warn of Possible Rabies Exposure at Chiles High School

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Posted at 4:25 AM, Feb 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-20 04:25:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- The Florida Department of Health is warning of a possible exposure to rabies.

The agency says they've gotten reports that students at Chiles High School may have handled bats on campus the week of February 16 - 20. Health experts say it usually takes a few weeks after an exposure to rabies for a person to get sick.

Anyone who's had direct contact with a bat needs to be tested for exposure.

According to the Health Department, you may need treatment if:

- You handled a bat with your bare hands or skin

- A bat landed on you

- You were bitten or scratched by a bat

If you think had contact or think you may be exposed, call the Health Department at (850) 606-8131.  They'll be available at this number from Monday through Friday, February 22-26, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This weekend's hours (February 20 -21) will be 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Health experts say it usually takes a few weeks after an exposure to rabies for a person to get sick.