Cat exposes Oconee County woman to rabies - FOX Carolina 21

Cat exposes Oconee County woman to rabies

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An Oconee County woman is under a physician's care after being exposed to rabies in the Seneca area by a cat that tested positive for the disease, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Friday.  

Health officials recommend that people avoid wild animals acting tame and tame animals acting wild to reduce their risk of being exposed to the disease.

Officials said state law requires pet owners to have their pets regularly vaccinated against the disease. They said this is the fifth cat from South Carolina with rabies this year, and two dogs in the state have also been exposed.  

Officials said there were 137 confirmed cases of animal rabies during 2012 in South Carolina and 123 confirmed cases in animals statewide in 2013. This animal was the third to test positive in 2013 from Oconee County.

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