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There has been an influx of bats on the loose at NBA games this season.

Bats flew around at the AT&T Center twice within days of each other this month — one of which resulted in a hilarious save by the Spurs mascot. 

Yet a bat that got loose at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday during the Indiana Pacers’ game against the Los Angeles Clippers may have exposed fans to rabies.

The Indiana State Department of Health announced that anyone who may have touched the bat with bare skin is urged to contact the department or their health care provider about receiving the rabies vaccination, according to the Associated Press.

Since the bat is no longer inside the arena, its rabies status is currently unknown, according to the report.

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In this Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, photo, a bat flies around the court inside the Vivint Smart Home Arena about an hour before Utah’s NBA basketball against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Referee Ron Garretson reacts as a bat flies on the court during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Indiana Pacers and the Los Angeles Clippers, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

A team attendant and fans watch as a bat moves through AT&T Center during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the San Antonio Spurs and the New Orleans Pelicans in San Antonio, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

In this Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, photo, Utah Jazz Bear captures a bat armed with a net as it flew around the court inside the Vivint Smart Home Arena about an hour before Utah Jazz’s NBA basketball against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

San Antonio Spurs mascot, The Coyote, uses a net as he dives for and catches a bat during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the San Antonio Spurs and the New Orleans Pelicans in San Antonio, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

In this Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, photo, security looks on as a bat flies around the court inside the Vivint Smart Home Arena about an hour before Utah Jazz’s NBA basketball against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

An official uses a towel to swat at a bat during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Brooklyn Nets, in San Antonio, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

In this Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, photo, the Utah Jazz Bear walks off the court after capturing a bat with a net as it flew around the court inside the Vivint Smart Home Arena about an hour before Utah’s NBA basketball against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

In this Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, photo, a bat flies around the court inside the Vivint Smart Home Arena about an hour before Utah’s NBA basketball against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SAN ANTONIO, TX – JANUARY 31: Derrick White #4 of the San Antonio Spurs looks to swat at a bat as the game with Brooklyn Nets was held up by flying bats at AT&T Center on January 31, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that , by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)

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So far, nobody has reported coming within direct contact with the bat.

The Pacers beat the Clippers 116-92 on Thursday night behind 29 points from Bojan Bogdanovic, which marked their fourth straight win.

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A Southern Lapwing bird flies past goalkeeper Cristian Vampestrini of Argentina’s Arsenal Sarandi during their Copa Libertadores soccer match against Brazil’s Sao Paulo, in Sao Paulo March 7, 2013. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL – Tags: SPORT SOCCER ANIMALS)

A black cat runs onto the pitch next to Toronto FC’s goalkeeper Freddy Hall during the second half of their CONCACAF Champions League soccer match against Santos Laguna in Toronto August 28, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Cassese (CANADA – Tags: SPORT SOCCER ANIMALS)

Sweden’s Joel Sjoholm gestures towards a family of swans during the final of the International Golf Open in Pulheim near Cologne June 24, 2012. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender (GERMANY – Tags: SPORT GOLF ANIMALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

A squirrel runs on the field during the NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley stadium in London, October 23, 2011. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL ANIMALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

A hare runs across the sixth green during the first round of the British Open golf championship at Royal St George’s in Sandwich, southern England July 14, 2011. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty (BRITAIN – Tags: SPORT GOLF IMAGE OF THE DAY TOP PICTURE)

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