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Rabid fox attacks two in county

Posted: May 25, 2017 4:47 p.m.
Updated: May 26, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Two Kershaw County residents are undergoing post-exposure treatment after being potentially exposed to rabies after being attacked by a fox on May 20.

According to a S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) press release, the attack took place in an area east of Camden and south of the Antioch community. DHEC reported the fox did test positive for rabies. Officials said the fox also attacked a dog at the same location. That dog, which was current for its rabies vaccinations, is undergoing a 45-day quarantine period.

“To reduce the risk of getting rabies, we recommend giving wild and stray animals their space," Sandra Craig, of DHEC’s Bureau of Environmental Health Services, said “If you see an animal in need, avoid handling it and contact your local animal control office or wildlife rehabilitation facility.”

“Rabies is transmitted when saliva or neural tissue of an infected animal is introduced into the body of a healthy person or animal. This usually occurs through a bite; however, saliva contact with open wounds or areas such as the eyes, nose or mouth could also potentially transmit rabies,” said Craig.

Hundreds of South Carolinians must undergo preventive treatment for rabies every year due to exposure to a rabid or suspected rabid animal. Keeping pets current with their rabies vaccinations is one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect individuals, families and pets from the fatal disease.

The fox is the third animal from Kershaw County to test positive for rabies in 2017. There were no animals that tested positive in the county in 2016.

Kershaw County’s fox incident took place four days after another rabies attack in Newberry County involving a rabid skunk. The skunk fought two dogs during which a resident there was also exposed. DHEC officials said the two Newberry County dogs were not up to date on rabies vaccinations and, therefore, are undergoing a six-month quarantine due to their exposure.


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