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Woman exposed to rabies by cat in Fountain Inn

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FOUNTAIN INN, SC (FOX Carolina) -

State health officials said a Greenville woman is being treated for rabies after a cat she came in contact with tested positive for the disease.

The woman came in contact with a rabid cat in Fountain Inn, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

The woman is now undergoing treatment because of the exposure. DHEC did not release the exact location where or how the woman came in contact with the cat.

This is the fourth rabid cat found in South Carolina, of 107 confirmed cases in 2013. It is also the fifth animal to test positive in Greenville County.

DHEC said about 275 people undergo preventative rabies treatment each year after they are exposed to rabid animals, often through bites or scratches.

"Wild animals carry the disease most often, but domestic pets can contract rabies as well," said Sue Ferguson of DHEC's Bureau of Environmental Health Services.

Ferguson said that is why it is so important, and why state law requires owners vaccinate their pets against the disease.

More information on rabies and treatment can be found on DHEC's website at www.scdhec.gov/rabies.

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