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DHEC: Raccoon exposes person to rabies in Woodruff area

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WOODRUFF, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Department of Health and Environmental Control said a person was recently exposed to rabies in Spartanburg County.

DHEC said the person was referred to a healthcare provider after being exposed in the Woodruff area to rabies by a raccoon that tested positive for the disease.

"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 contract the disease most often, but domestic pets can contract rabies as well," Craig said.

On Aug. 8, two people in the Old Canaan Community area of the county were exposed to the viral disease by a bat, according to DHEC.

DHEC said there have been 124 cases of animal rabies in 2013. In 2014, there have been 87 confirmed cases up to this point.

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