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Rabid raccoon reported in lake area

Posted: March 9, 2012 5:38 p.m.
Updated: March 12, 2012 5:00 a.m.

A raccoon from the Lake Wateree area of Kershaw County tested positive for rabies, prompting the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to advise individuals to be especially cautious and avoid wild animals.

"Avoid wild animals acting tame and tame animals acting wild," said Sue Ferguson of DHEC’s Bureau of Environmental Health. "About 400 South Carolinians must undergo preventive treatment for rabies every year, with most exposures from being bitten or scratched by a rabid or suspected rabid animal."

According to Ferguson, a woman was exposed to the rabid raccoon and is under the care of a physician and receiving preventive inoculations.

"Wild animals carry the disease most often, but domestic pets can contract rabies as well," Ferguson said. "To protect both the pets and their owners, residents should make sure their pets are regularly vaccinated against the disease. State law requires that all pets be vaccinated against rabies.

"If you are bitten, scratched or come into contact with the saliva of a possibly infected animal, immediately wash the affected area with plenty of soap and water," she said. "Then be sure to get medical attention and report the incident to DHEC."

This is the first incident involving a rabid animal in Kershaw County this year. Last year, there were three rabid animals confirmed in the county and 107 statewide. So far this year, there have been 22 rabid animals confirmed in the state.

 

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