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DHEC: Fox exposes person to rabies in Travelers Rest

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The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said on Wednesday that a person was exposed to rabies by a fox in Greenville County.

DHEC said the person has been referred to a healthcare provider for preventative treatment after being exposed to the disease in the Travelers Rest area.

"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," Craig said.

In 2013, there were 124 confirmed cases of rabies in animals, according to DHEC.

They said there have been 62 confirmed cases this year, this being the third in Greenville County.

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