Five people in the Midlands are receiving medical treatment after having been exposed to animals which later tested positive for rabies.
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has confirmed a rabies infection in a fox in Rembert, which is the first reported case of rabies in Sumter County this year. On Friday, a fox took a drink from a swimming pool in Rembert which was occupied by several people. A man chased the fox away, but it later came back to the pool and stole the man’s hat. DHEC reports that when the man went to retrieve the hat, the fox bit him on the foot. The fox was seen the next day and was shot. It tested positive for rabies.
In Kershaw County, state health officials say a woman found a kitten under her vehicle. She and two of her children were scratched while handling the cat, which also tested positive for rabies.
The five persons in the separate incidents are all undergoing special medical treatment for having been exposed to a rabid animal.
DHEC says so far this year, there have been 44 confirmed cases of rabid animals in South Carolina, compared to 106 for all of last year.
For more information see DHEC’s Web page on rabies.