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Victim potentially exposed to rabies by bat in Spartanburg Co.

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(Courtesy: DHEC) (Courtesy: DHEC)
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The S.C Department of Health and Environmental Control referred a victim to their health care provider after they made contact with a rabid bat near Landrum.

The bat was located near a residence on Wednesday where the victim picked up the bat and began handling it, according to the report. 

Later that week, on Friday the bat was tested positive for rabies, said the SC DHEC. 

According to David Vaughan of the DHEC's Bureau of Environmental Health Services, "Rabid bats have been known to transmit the rabies virus to humans and pets," said Vaughan. "Although bats can carry rabies, not every bat is infected with this virus." 

The DHEC Bureau of Environmental Health Services encourages people to call your local DHEC Environmental Affairs office to report any incident involving these creatures. 

For more information on rabies and bat safety visit here: www.scdhec.gov/rabies or www.cdc.gov/rabies.

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