Friday, April 6, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C. – According to a release from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, a man and woman in Fairfield County are receiving post-exposure treatment after a possible exposure to rabies by a bat.
The two bats were found inside a house and one tested positive for rabies. They believe the man and woman may have been exposed to the virus while they slept.
The Centers for Disease Control says of the recent human rabies cases, most are caused by being exposed to rabid bats. Last December, a Sumter County, South Carolina was the state’s first human rabies case in over 50 years.
If someone sees a bat in their home or in the presence of an unattended child, mentally impaired individual or an intoxicated person, they urge you to seek medical advice and have the bat tested.
Pets, their owners and residents should be protected by getting pets vaccinated regularly against rabies. State law says all pets must be vaccinated against rabies.
In 2011, South Carolina had 107 confirmed cases of animal rabies. So far this year, there have been 33 confirmed cases.