RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Four people in Lexington County have been asked to undergo post-exposure treatment for rabies after being exposed to a dog that tested positive for the disease in separate instances.
The dog from the Monticello Road area was given to an adoption agency in the Irmo area by animal control. It was later placed into foster care in the Gaston area. During that time, the dog bit two people and exposed two others.
The dog, which was euthanized on July 23, tested positive for rabies one day later.
Other animals that were in contact with the rabid dog have received rabies boosters and are in quarantine.
DHEC officials encourage residents to report any instances after pets have been bitten, scratched, licked, or otherwise potentially exposed to the saliva of an unfamiliar animal. Anyone who believes they have been exposed to rabies through a bit should immediately wash the affected area with plenty of soap and water before seeking medical attention and reporting the incident to DHEC.