Football games generally don't pose the same danger to spectators that baseball games do. Whereas foul balls are known to fly into the stands at baseball games, fans at football games don't have to worry about protecting themselves from flying objects. Until now.
At last week's Baltimore Ravens-Detroit Lions preseason game, a bat flew into M&T Bank Stadium, and officials think it could have exposed fans to rabies.
The bat landed on a spectator in the stadium's 500 section, and that fan proceeded to brush it away. Officials could not capture the animal, so no tests were performed. The Maryland Department of Health is asking anyone who may have come into contact with the bat to contact their health care provider.
"Bats are an important part of our environment; however, they can sometimes be infected with rabies," the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in a statement. "Rabies is a viral disease of mammals that can be transmitted by infectious saliva, usually through a bite."