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Rabid bat found in Manassas, Va. Anyone who made contact is at risk, police say

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An injured, rabid bat was collected by an Animal Control Officer near 9115 Center St., in Manassas, Virginia on Saturday.,

Police think an unknown individual made contact with or handled the bat before the Animal Control officer arrived. 

Officials said anyone who made contact with the bat is at high-risk for having contracted the disease, and is at-risk for serious health related issues.

The Manassas City Police Department Animal Control Section is asking anyone who came in contact with the bat on Saturday to contact the Prince William Health District at (703) 792-7329, and to contact Senior Animal Control Officer Daigle at (703) 257-8102. 

a close up of an animal: NOTE: This is not the bat found. FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2009 file photo, Scott Crocoll holds a dead Indiana bat in an abandoned mine in Rosendale, N.Y. Biologists feared some bat species would become extinct when the mysterious "white-nose" fungus was first noticed in some caves in upstate New York. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File) © ASSOCIATED PRESS NOTE: This is not the bat found. FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2009 file photo, Scott Crocoll holds a dead Indiana bat in an abandoned mine in Rosendale, N.Y. Biologists feared some bat species would become extinct when the mysterious "white-nose" fungus was first noticed in some caves in upstate New York. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

Only people in physical contact with the animal are at-risk, official said. There are no health risks to the general public.

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