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Rabid bat found in Oconee Co.

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A bat found in Mountain Rest in Oconee County tested positive for rabies, according to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Sue Ferguson, of the agency's Bureau of Environmental Health, said that a person was in contact with the bat. She said bats have very small teeth that might leave marks that are not easily seen.

"If you awaken and find a bat in your room, often referred to as 'overnighting,' or if you see a bat in the room of an unattended child, or near a mentally impaired or intoxicated person, seek medical advice and have the bat tested," Ferguson said.

Ferguson said most of the recent human cases of rabies have been caused by exposure to infected bats. She said about 275 people in South Carolina undergo treatment for rabies every year.

This is the third confirmed rabid animal of the year in Oconee County, Ferguson said.

Ferguson said there have been 86 rabies cases across the state this year.

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