Couple Finds Rabid Bat in Harbison Area

Lexington County, SC (WLTX) - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control say a couple in Harbison found a rabid bat.

The health agency doesn't specify if the animal was found in a home or outdoors. DHEC says the couple has been advised to talk with their doctor about receiving post-exposure treatment.

"Rabid bats have been known to transmit the virus to humans," said Sandra Craig of DHEC's Bureau of Environmental Health Services. "Bats have very small, sharp teeth that might feel like a mosquito bite, so people might not realize that they have been bitten.

DHEC recommends that people stay away from wild animals acting tame and tame animals acting wild. About 275 people each year have to undergo preventative rabies treatment each year.

There have also been two cases of bats being found inside two Midlands medical facilities this year: Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg and the USC medical school on Garners Ferry Road in Columbia.


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