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.