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Person bitten by rabid fox in York Co., sixth case reported in county for 2014

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COLUMBIA, SC (WBTV) -

One person has been recommended to undergo post-exposure treatment after being exposed to rabies in the Fort Mill area by a fox that tested positive for the disease, the Department of Health and Environmental Control reported on Wednesday.

"To reduce the risk of getting rabies, we recommend that people avoid wild animals acting tame and tame animals acting wild," said Sandra Craig of DHEC's Bureau of Environmental Health Services. "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."

Craig said state law requires pet owners to have their pets regularly vaccinated against the disease.

"If you think you have been exposed to the rabies virus through a bite, scratch or the saliva of a possibly infected animal, immediately wash the affected area with plenty of soap and water," Craig said. "Then be sure to get medical attention and report the incident to DHEC."

There were 124 confirmed cases of animal rabies during 2013 in South Carolina.

There have been 40 confirmed cases in animals statewide this year.

The fox that tested positive is the sixth to test positive in 2014 from York County.

There were 12 in the county in 2013.

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