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DHEC: Raccoon exposes woman to rabies

A Lee County woman is receiving post-exposure treatments after she was bitten by a raccoon who tested positive for rabies, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Monday.

"To reduce the risk of getting rabies, we recommend that people avoid wild animals acting tame and tame animals acting wild," Ferguson said. "About 275 South Carolinians must undergo preventive treatment for rabies every year, with most exposures coming from bites or scratches by a rabid or suspected rabid animal. Wild animals carry the disease most often, but domestic pets can contract rabies as well.”

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