Kershaw County, SC (WLTX) - A bat found in a Kershaw County home has tested positive for rabies, state health officials said Friday.
The animal was discovered in a residence in Bethune. No other details about the incident were released.
The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says most of the recent human rabies cases in the U.S. have been caused by exposure to rabid bats.
"Bats have small teeth that might leave marks not easily seen," said Sue Ferguson of DHEC's Bureau of Environmental Health Services. "Some situations require medical advice even in the absence of an obvious bite wound. If you awaken and find a bat in your room, often referred to as 'overnighting,' or if you see a bat in the room of an unattended child, or near a mentally impaired or intoxicated person, seek medical advice and have the bat tested."
The Department of Health and Environmental Control says there have been 68 confirmed cases in animals statewide this year.