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Laurens Co. Cat Tests Positive For Rabies

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According to the Department Of Health and Environmental Control, the animal was in the Gray Court area of Laurens County. According to the Department Of Health and Environmental Control, the animal was in the Gray Court area of Laurens County.
LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. - One person is getting treatment for rabies after coming in contact with a stray cat that tested positive for the disease. According to the Department Of Health and Environmental Control, the animal was in the Gray Court area of Laurens County.

"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."

There were 124 confirmed cases of animal rabies during 2013 in South Carolina. There have been 31 confirmed cases in animals statewide this year. This animal is the fourth to test positive in 2014 from Laurens County. There were six in that county in 2013.

For more information about rabies, see DHEC's webpage or contact your local DHEC BEHS office.

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