Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The State Department of Health and Environmental Control says two people are receiving treatment after they were bitten by rabid animals.
Officials say a Richland County man was bitten by a raccoon, and a Kershaw County woman was bitten by a fox.
"To reduce the risk of getting rabies, we recommend that people avoid wild animals acting tame and tame animals acting wild," said Sue Ferguson of DHEC's Bureau of Environmental Health Services. "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."
There have been 81 confirmed cases of rabies in animals in South Carolina this year. For more information about rabies, see DHEC's Web page at http://www.scdhec.gov/rabies