Cat exposes 1 person in Saluda County to rabies

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

BATESBURG, S.C. (WRDW)- The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control confirms a cat exposed a person to rabies in Saluda County.

The person has been recommend to undergo post-exposure treatment after coming in contact with a cat that tested positive for the disease.

South Carolina state law requires pet owners to have their pets regularly vaccinated against the disease.

Sandra Craig of DHEC's Bureau of Environmental Health Services says, "to reduce the risk of getting rabies, we recommend that people avoid wild animals acting tame and tame animals acting wild."

About 275 South Carolinians undergo treatment for rabies every year. According to DHEC most of those people are exposed from bites or scratches by rabid or suspected rabid animals.

There have been 43 confirmed cases of rabies in animals statewide this year. This animal is the third to test positive this year in Saluda County.

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