Columbus Public Health officials say a rabid bat was found Aug. 19 in the Arena District, and they’re asking anyone who might have touched the animal to contact the health agency.

CPH learned today, Sept. 10, that the bat had tested positive for the rabies virus.

About 9 p.m. Aug. 19. The live bat was discovered by a pedestrian on the sidewalk at John H. McConnell and Nationwide boulevards, near Nationwide Arena, according to a Sept. 10 news release from Columbus Public Health

This bat was taken to the Ohio Wildlife Center, the release said.

Anyone who touched or had contact with a bat in that location prior to 9 p.m. Aug. 19 should get vaccinated for rabies, officials said.

Columbus Public Health can be reached at 614-645-1474, option 2.

A bat in New Philadelphia also tested positive for rabies in late August, according to TimesReporter.com. The bat was found in the Schoenbrunn Estates subdivision and had been acting unusual. A pet cat was exposed to the bat and is undergoing medical attention and will most likely be in strict quarantine. No human exposure to the bat is known, according to Lee Carl Finley, director of environmental health for the New Philadelphia City Health Department.

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