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Oconee Co. woman exposed to rabies from skunk

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SENECA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A woman came in contact with a skunk in the Westminster area, exposing her to rabies, according to health officials.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Environmental Control said the rabid skunk bit the woman.

The woman is now undergoing treatment.

"To reduce the risk of getting rabies, we recommend that people avoid wild animals acting tame and tame animals acting wild," said Sue Ferguson of DHEC's Bureau of Environmental Health Services.

About 275 South Carolinians have to undergo preventive treatment for rabies every year, according to DHEC.

There were 137 confirmed cases of animal rabies during 2012 in South Carolina and so far in 2013, there have been 100 confirmed cases in animals statewide

The skunk was the second case to test positive this year in Oconee County.

DHEC did not say how the woman came in contact with the skunk.

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