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Warning: Watch for Rabid Animals

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GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. -

A rabies attack in Greenwood County is prompting a rabies alert in the Upstate.

State health officials tell 7 On Your Side that they found a raccoon that tested positive for the disease in Greenwood County.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control says one person has been recommended to contact a health care provider for post-exposure treatment. This is after being exposed to rabies by a raccoon that tested positive for the disease in Troy, S.C.

They're hoping to keep the cases from getting out of control.

In 2011 we met Wesley carpenter who was attacked by a rabid raccoon while playing in his backyard.

The six year old boy went through a series of treatments and is now ok.

Officials warn others that as the weather warms, animals and humans may meet more often and a bite from a rabid animal can be deadly.

They warn you to leave wild animals alone, especially if they're acting out of the ordinary.

"We began to hear more stories of other incidents occurring and for us personally, it made us more sensitive to being aware this can happen," said David Carpenter, Wesley's father.

DNR asks that you report any animal you see acting strangely or out of the ordinary, for example if a nocturnal animal approaches you during the day.

Officials said foxes, bats, raccoons and skunk are most often infected with rabies.

Sgt. Kenneth League of Greenville County said he sees rabid raccoons the most.

"Rabies is not something to play with, you can't look at an animal and say yes it has rabies or no it doesn't," said League.

DHEC offers shots so you can also vaccinate your pets for rabies. It's also state law.

The shots are $10

In 2013 there were 124 positive cases of rabies confirmed in animals in the state

DHEC said more than 19,000 pets were vaccinated against rabies during the clinics last year.

You can find a list of 18 upcoming vaccination clinics statewide here.

Click for more from the Centers for Disease and Control.

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