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Spartanburg Co. man bit by rabid fox

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SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Spartanburg County man who was bitten by a fox is undergoing treatment after the fox tested positive for rabies, according to state health officials.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control said the man encountered the fox in the Enoree area.

DHEC reminds pet owners that state law requires they get their animals vaccinated for rabies and if people encounter a potentially rabid animal through a bite, scratch or the saliva, they should immediately wash the affected area with plenty of soap and water.

"Then be sure to get medical attention and report the incident to DHEC," said Sue Ferguson of DHEC's Bureau of Environmental Health Services.

DHEC also recommends people avoid wild animals acting tame and tame animals acting wild.

"About 275 South Carolinians must undergo preventive treatment for rabies every year, with most exposures coming from bites or scratches by a rabid or suspected rabid animal," Ferguson said. "Wild animals carry the disease most often, but domestic pets can contract rabies as well."

So far in 2013, there have been 52 confirmed cases of rabies in animals statewide and the fox was the second to test positive this year in Spartanburg County, DHEC said. There were 137 confirmed cases of animal rabies in South Carolina in 2012.

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