INDIANAPOLIS – Health officials in Indiana said people who had been in touch with a bat last week during an Indiana Pacers game had been exposed to rabies.

The Indiana State Department of Health has stated that anyone who touches the bat with naked skin when stealing from the Pacers Thursday in Indianapolis is asked to contact the ministry or health care provider. health about anti-rabies vaccination. The game was against the Los Angeles Clippers.

The ministry says the bat's status against rabies, which is no longer inside the Bankers Life Fieldhouse, is unknown.

Health officials have stated that a person is considered potentially exposed to rabies only if direct contact occurs between a bat and his bare skin. Until now, no direct contact with the bat has been reported.

The game was stopped with 6:39 remaining in the first quarter, the Pacers pulling 17 to 16 for the Clippers while the bat went down during Thursday's game. The game resumed after about 4 minutes – without catching the invader.

The bat returned to court midway through the third quarter and the Pacers led 85-61 but quickly headed for the ceiling.

A week earlier in San Antonio, a Spurs game against the Brooklyn Nlyns was interrupted for nearly three minutes in the first quarter at the AT & T Center when three bats started spinning around the field. The arena staff did their best to catch them, but the game was resumed when the bats returned to the rafters.

In the Spurs against the New Orleans Pelicans, their mascot, The Coyote, patrolled with a net when a bat appeared at the beginning of the first quarter. The mascot finally managed to plunge the stick into his net before the arena staff removed him with a towel.

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