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Cat exposes 3 people to rabies in Kershaw Co.

CAMDEN, SC (WIS) -

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says three people have been exposed to rabies by a cat in Kershaw County.

The three people were given preventative treatment by health care providers.

DHEC says the stray cat in Camden exposed the three people during separate incidents on July 21 and 22 before the cat was captured. Lab tests confirmed the cat had rabies on July 23.

DHEC says both incidents involved exposures to people and other animals.

So far this month, 11 people in South Carolina have been exposed to rabies.

"Rabies is a threat to humans, pets and wild animals. All pet owners should have their dogs, cats and ferrets vaccinated regularly as required by state law," said Sandra Craig of DHEC's Bureau of Environmental Health Services. "It is extremely important to the health of your pet, your family, and you that pet vaccinations are kept up-to-date."

"Unvaccinated pets that are exposed to the rabies virus must be either euthanized or quarantined," Craig said. "Rabies is fatal once the virus reaches the brain, yet the heartache of losing a pet to this disease can be avoided. DHEC sponsored rabies clinics are offered across the state by local veterinarians each spring and low-cost vaccines are available every day at local veterinary clinics."

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