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Ravens fans may have been exposed to rabies

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The ultimate reality show may have gotten a bit too real last week.

A bat landed on a fan during the Ravens’ August 17 home game against the Lions, according to NBCWashington.com.  But the bat wasn’t captured for testing.  As a result, the bat may have been carrying rabies.  (Or, possibly, the vampiric germ.)

The Maryland Department of Health urges anyone who possibly came in contact with the bat to contact their local health department.

It’s good advice.  If there’s any doubt, folks need to be tested for rabies.  You definitely don’t want that, given that once it gets to the point that the symptoms can be detected it’s always fatal.

Except for Bob Sacamano.

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38 Responses to “Ravens fans may have been exposed to rabies”
  1. thekiy says: Aug 23, 2012 2:25 PM

    Bad week for Baltimore:

    Fans attacked by bats in the stands, Ravens assaulted by Megatron on the field.

  2. thebigcrabcake77 says: Aug 23, 2012 2:28 PM

    Most rabid fans in the NFL!

  3. dfeltz says: Aug 23, 2012 2:29 PM

    I love this city.

  4. stercuilus65 says: Aug 23, 2012 2:29 PM

    “It’s good advice. If there’s any doubt, folks need to be tested for rabies. You definitely don’t want that, given that once it gets to the point that the symptoms can be detected it’s always fatal.”
    —————————
    Not always anymore (google Milwaukee Protocol) but yeah you still wouldn’t want to take your chances with it.

  5. metalschaf67 says: Aug 23, 2012 2:30 PM

    Of course its the ravens who start the zombie apocalypse!

  6. catquick says: Aug 23, 2012 2:32 PM

    was it the bat or Suh?

  7. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Aug 23, 2012 2:32 PM

    I was on the phone with Bob Sacamano when I realized I needed to return this pair of pants. So I’m waiting for the subway, it’s not coming, so I start hoofing it through the tunnel. The next thing I knew I slipped and fell in the mud, ruining my pants. The very pants I was returning.

  8. acdc363 says: Aug 23, 2012 2:32 PM

    Lions, Ravens, bats oh my!

  9. scoops1 says: Aug 23, 2012 2:33 PM

    The fan is still irritable from the playoff loss last season

  10. wikipediasaidso says: Aug 23, 2012 2:34 PM

    Oddest. Headline. Ever.

    Can’t wait for the Steelers fans to start posting. Best joke gets a cookie.

  11. floriosbigtoe says: Aug 23, 2012 2:38 PM

    We should have a fund-raiser for rabies awareness.

  12. dccowboy says: Aug 23, 2012 2:38 PM

    “But the bat wasn’t captured for testing. As a result, the bat may have been carrying rabies. ”

    So the Bat may have been carrying rabies BECAUSE it wasn’t tested?

  13. crustylovelips says: Aug 23, 2012 2:39 PM

    Ravens fans need to get tested periodically just b/c they live in Baltimore.. The STD capital in the world.

  14. kdish87 says: Aug 23, 2012 2:40 PM

    Where do I sign up for Mike Florio’s Pro Football Talk West Virginia Meredith Palmer Memorial Celebrity Rabies Awareness Pro-Am Fun Run Race For The Cure?

  15. erikinhell says: Aug 23, 2012 2:40 PM

    If rabies was good enough for the namesake of the team (Poe), it must be good enough for the fans.

  16. hrmlss says: Aug 23, 2012 2:44 PM

    Ray Lewis is rabid?

  17. Jason M. says: Aug 23, 2012 2:45 PM

    You’re not “tested” for rabies–unless you count the examination of the brain and spinal cord during the autopsy.

    Anyone who may have been exposed gets vaccinated, even if they may not have contracted the disease.

  18. tombradysponytail says: Aug 23, 2012 2:45 PM

    @thankheaven –

    That story is a display of “perfect irony.”

  19. waitingguilty says: Aug 23, 2012 2:50 PM

    They better hurry up and get treated…if you have ben infected the gestation period could be as short as 10 days. Nce youshow symptoms,you are pretty much done.

  20. southpaw2k says: Aug 23, 2012 2:54 PM

    Fifteen comments and not a single “bats in the belfry” joke?

    Color me shocked.

  21. thraiderskin says: Aug 23, 2012 2:57 PM

    Soldier up B-fans! own the rabies!

  22. fuzzynuts55 says: Aug 23, 2012 3:03 PM

    Ratbirds and rabies? Hummmm..

  23. grndizzle says: Aug 23, 2012 3:04 PM

    Florio must be the only person who watches Seinfeld more than me.

  24. bullybirds says: Aug 23, 2012 3:06 PM

    The plus is that fan is now a super hero. Isn’t that how Batman got start?

  25. johnnybgood19 says: Aug 23, 2012 3:07 PM

    I’ve been reading that the Orioles cant find their bats…. and now the ravens can’t find theirs… what’s going on there….

  26. mike83ri says: Aug 23, 2012 3:12 PM

    The Ravens have always had a rabid fan base.

  27. bigshorty072 says: Aug 23, 2012 3:24 PM

    Dccowboy,

    I believe theyre saying The bat could have been carrying rabies because it landed on the human not because it wasnt tested. Bats don’t just land on people because they look cool.

  28. jimbobobjr says: Aug 23, 2012 3:28 PM

    It wasn’t a bat, it was a filthy dirty ratbird.

  29. steeelfann says: Aug 23, 2012 3:37 PM

    I figured they were “carriers” the whole time any way. Filthy rat birds.

  30. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: Aug 23, 2012 3:39 PM

    I’m not surprised, Dark Knight Rises shows that Batman supports Steelers. But seriously though I feel bad for those fans. You know where rabies shots go? YOUR ASS. I received some a few years ago and my cute butt never recovered.

  31. trickbunny says: Aug 23, 2012 3:41 PM

    Let me get this straight: A bat came into contact with a Ravens fan and people aren’t worried about *the bat*? Lord knows what kind of disease the bat might’ve picked up.

  32. daysend564 says: Aug 23, 2012 4:01 PM

    The person that got bit should sue the Ravens organization for not providing a safe place to watch the practice!

    There wasn’t a sign that said they could get attacked by bats!

    /sarcasm

    However, you know it is coming.

  33. samoanjungle says: Aug 23, 2012 4:03 PM

    Living people can’t be tested for Rabies.

    And, I’m not positive on this, but I’m pretty sure you have to get bitten or scratched, ingest their feces etc. so just say no to Guano.

  34. JSpicoli says: Aug 23, 2012 4:05 PM

    “A bat landed on a fan during the Ravens’ August 17 home game against the Lions, according to NBCWashington.com. But the bat wasn’t captured for testing. As a result, the bat may have been carrying rabies. ”

    This lays out logic that leads to the conclusion that the bat caught rabies from the fan.

    Brilliant.

  35. ravensdominate says: Aug 23, 2012 6:38 PM

    I love it!!! We’re the greatest home field advantage without being vampires. Now no one can stop us!!!!!!

  36. rickrock6661982 says: Aug 23, 2012 6:40 PM

    Ray Lewis didn’t see or hear NOTHING!

  37. kingcarlbanks says: Aug 23, 2012 7:27 PM

    I got nothing…

  38. trevor123698 says: Aug 24, 2012 4:00 AM

    “. The STD capital in the world.”

    Im not sure how this comment is allowed and mine are consistently deleted. probably because I do things like this and expose the truth. You have to be a fool to not know the truth about STD’s and AIDS. They are not transmitted person to person. if its the capital of that it is because of drug use and malnutrition the causes of these so called “STD’s”

    proof below

    http://www.hourofthetime.com/bcmp3/237.mp3

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