Health officials seek woman who delivered rabies-infested bat to Target employees

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Health officials in California are looking for a woman who picked up a rabies-infested bat and delivered it to employees at a Target store, KTXL reported.

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The Sacramento County Division of Public Health is searching for the woman, whose image was caught on a security camera, the Sacramento Bee reported. The woman found the dying bat near the Target in Rancho Cordova and put it in a Starbucks cup before giving it to two employees, KTXL reported.

The bat bit one of the Target employees, who received a rabies shot, the television station reported. The other employee also was treated.

"Once you show signs, whether it's an animal or a human being, it's almost uniformly fatal," Peter Beilenson, the director of the Sacramento County Department of Health Services, told KTXL.

The bat was tested by the Rancho Cordova animal control unit, and was found positive for rabies. It is not known if the woman was bitten, KTXL reported.

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