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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- South Carolina's Department of Health And Environmental Control, in association with veterinarians around the state, are partnering together to help protect the public, and family pets, from Rabies.

DHEC's Bureau of Environmental Health Services will be conducting vaccination clinics with participating veterinarians for family pets including cats, dogs, and ferrets to prevent the infection and spread of the disease.

Each year almost 275 SC residents are advised to undergo preventive treatment after being exposed to rabies through a bite from a suspected rabid animal.

In 2013 South Carolina had 124 positive cases of rabies confirmed from 68 raccoons, 26 foxes, 17 skunks, 6 cats, 5 bats, and two dogs.

Sandra Craig, from DHEC's Bureau of Environmental Health Services, says "The contribution of local veterinarians to this annual effort provides a valuable public service to citizens. Last year more than 19,000 pets were vaccinated against rabies during the clinics."

For dates, times, and locations, visit DHEC's website at http://www.scdhec.gov/rabies.

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