A bat flying around in the stands of August 17’s preseason showdown between the Baltimore Ravens and Detroit Lions has health experts very, very worried.
While there were no recorded instances of anyone being bitten, the fact that the bat ‘landed’ on a person is still a cause for concern.
The attendee who had the bat land on them was able to sway it away, but in doing so he or she ensured that it couldn’t be caught and tested.
As noted by Yahoo! Sports: "a person need not be bitten in order to get rabies. A bite or a scratch could be so small that it's undetectable by the eye, but it's big enough to transmit the virus."
In a statement, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said: "The Bats are an important part of our environment; however, they can sometimes be infected with rabies. Rabies is a viral disease of mammals that can be transmitted by infectious saliva, usually through a bite."
If this isn’t indisputable proof that preseason games are terrible in every way imaginable, I don’t know what is.