Rabid fox exposes one person to rabies in Liberty - FOX Carolina 21

Rabid fox exposes one person to rabies in Liberty

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LIBERTY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) said one person in Liberty is being treated after being exposed to a fox that tested positive for rabies.

This animal is the third to test positive in 2014 from Pickens County, DHEC said.

"To reduce the risk of getting rabies, we recommend that people avoid wild animals acting tame and tame animals acting wild," said Sandra Craig of DHEC's Bureau of Environmental Health Services. "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. Wild animals transmit the disease most often, but domestic pets can contract rabies as well.

State law requires pet owners to have their pets regularly vaccinated against rabies and Craig said it is extremely important to make sure your pets' vaccination status is up-to-date.

Anyone who may have been exposed to rabies through a bite, saliva, or a scratch from a wild animal is asked to immediately clean the affected area, then get medical attention, and report the incident to DHEC.

DHEC said there have been 58 confirmed cases in animals statewide this year.

For more information about rabies, visit DHEC's webpage.

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