Loudoun County health officials say several teenage girls may have been exposed to rabies.
The Loudoun County Health Department said the girls handled an injured or dead bat Tuesday at the Potomack Lakes Sportsplex in Sterling.
Because bats can transmit rabies, anyone handling the bat was potentially exposed. Anyone who touched the bat should see a doctor immediately, the Health Department said. A health professional can determine whether prevention medication and treatment are needed.
Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. It is preventable in animals through vaccinations but can be fatal to both humans and animals if left untreated.