Puppy Exposes 10 People in York County to Rabies


by WCCB Charlotte

COLUMBIA, S.C. --  Ten people have been recommended to contact their health care provider for post-exposure treatment after one person was bitten and nine others were potentially exposed to rabies by a puppy that tested positive for the disease in the Rock Hill area of York County, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported today.

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

"Wild animals carry the disease most often, but domestic pets can contract rabies as well," said Ferguson.

There were 123 confirmed cases of animal rabies during 2013 in South Carolina. There have been 11 confirmed cases in animals statewide this year. This animal is the first to test positive in 2014 from York County.




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