Raccoon exposes 2 people to rabies in SC

Raccoon exposes 2 people to rabies in SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Two South Carolina residents are being told to see their doctors after being exposed to a rabid raccoon.

The state Department of Health and Environmental Control said Wednesday the cases in the Simpsonville area involved a captive raccoon that tested positive for the potentially fatal disease.

The two people were exposed to the rabid raccoon Monday at the facility housing the animal and a veterinary clinic where the animal was euthanized.

There were 124 cases of animal rabies in South Carolina last year. There have been 130 confirmed cases in animals statewide this year.

Sandra Craig of DHEC's Bureau of Environmental Health Services says about 275 South Carolinians must undergo preventive treatment every year after being bitten or scratched by a rabid or suspected rabid animal.

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