DHEC: Stray cat exposes 1 person to rabies in Pickens Co. - FOX Carolina 21

DHEC: Stray cat exposes 1 person to rabies in Pickens Co.

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One person in Pickens County is being treated for possible rabies exposure by a stray cat that tested positive for the disease, DHEC announced Tuesday.

DHEC said the stray cat attacked the victim on July 26 while the victim was trying to provide care for the animal.

started post exposure treatment after being potentially exposed to rabies by a stray cat that tested positive for the disease, the Department of Health and Environmental Control reported today.

DHEC said free-roaming or feral cats may carry diseases, like rabies, that can be transferred from animals to people. Feeding feral cats also attracts other wild animals, which are more likely to carry diseases. The more interaction people and pets have with wild and stray/feral animals, the greater their risk of exposure to diseases like rabies.

The disease is spread through saliva and neural tissue of infected animals.

DHEC advises people to reduce the likelihood of rabies exposure by avoiding contact with wild animals and making sure pets and domestic animals are up to date on their rabies vaccinations.

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