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DHEC: One person exposed to rabid fox in Lexington County

The fox is the seventh animal in Lexington County to test positive for rabies in 2020.
((Source: SCDHEC.gov))
Updated: Jun. 5, 2020 at 8:30 AM EDT
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CAYCE, S.C. (WIS) - Health officials in South Carolina confirmed that a fox in Lexington County tested positive for rabies and one person was exposed on May 29.

Officials captured the animal around Windsor Road and Stratford Road in Cayce.

The fox was submitted to a lab at the Department of Health and Environmental Control for testing on June 1. Test results confirmed the fox was infected the next day.

DHEC says anyone who is aware of any possible human or animal exposures to rabies should contact them. They advise people to immediately wash any part of their body that may have come into contact with saliva or neural tissue with plenty of soap and water, and seek medical attention.

Exposure is defined as a bite, scratch, or contact with saliva or body fluids from an infected animal.

If you believe that you, someone you know, family members, or pets have come into contact with this fox or another animal that potentially has rabies, please call DHEC’s Environmental Affairs Columbia office at 803-896-0620 during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday).

To report a bite or exposure on holidays or times outside of normal business hours, please call the DHEC after-hours service number at 888-847-0902.

This fox is the seventh animal in Lexington County to test positive for rabies in 2020. There have been 51 cases of rabid animals statewide this year.

Since 2011, South Carolina has averaged approximately 130 positive cases a year. In 2019, 17 of the 148 confirmed rabies cases in South Carolina were in Lexington County.

For more information on rabies, visit www.scdhec.gov/rabies or www.cdc.gov/rabies.

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