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Person exposed to rabies by raccoon in Greenwood Co.

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Someone in the Upstate has been told to get treatment after health officials say the person came in contact with a rabid raccoon.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said the raccoon tested positive for rabies in Troy, SC.

DHEC did not say where or how the person came in contact with the raccoon, but they remind people to avoid wild animals that act tame or tame animals that act 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," said Sandra Craig of DHEC's Bureau of Environmental Health Services. "Wild animals carry the disease most often, but domestic pets can contract rabies as well."

So far in 2014, 26 animals have tested positive for rabies in the state and the raccoon was the second in Greenwood County, according to DHEC.

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