2nd animal tests positive for rabies in Newberry County | News
CHAPPELS, SC (WIS) - A second rabies case hs been reported in Newberry County this year.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Wednesday a bat found in the Chappells area has tested positive for rabies.
“In this case, the victim knows he was bitten by the bat. However, bats have small teeth that might leave marks not easily seen,” said Sue Ferguson of DHEC’s Bureau of Environmental Health.
“Some situations require medical advice even in the absence of an obvious bite wound. If you awaken and find a bat in your home, seek medical attention and have the bat tested.”
According to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most of the recent human rabies cases in the U.S. have been caused by exposure to rabid bats.
“About 275 South Carolinians undergo preventive treatment for rabies every year, with most exposures from being bitten or scratched by a rabid or suspected rabid animal,” Ferguson said. “Wild animals carry the disease most often, but domestic pets can contract rabies as well.”
“If you think you have been exposed to the rabies virus through a bite, scratch or 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 second confirmed rabid animal of the year in Newberry County. One rabid animal was confirmed there last year.
There have been 94 confirmed cases in animals statewide this year.107 cases of animal rabies were confirmed in 2011 in South Carolina.
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