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Rabid Fox Confirmed in Florence County; One Person Exposed

June 11, 2024

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) confirmed that a fox found between High Hill and Borkowitz roads in Scranton, S.C., has tested positive for rabies. One person was exposed and has been referred to their health care provider.

The fox was submitted to DHEC's laboratory for testing on Jun. 6, 2024, and was confirmed to have rabies on Jun. 7, 2024.

"Rabies is usually transmitted through a bite or scratch that allows saliva from an infected animal to be introduced into the body of a person or another animal," said Terri McCollister, Rabies Program director. "However, infected saliva or neural tissue contact with open wounds or areas such as the eyes, nose or mouth could also potentially transmit rabies. To reduce the risk of getting rabies, always give wild and stray animals their space. If you see an animal in need, avoid touching it and contact someone trained in handling animals, such as your local animal control officer, wildlife control operator or a wildlife rehabilitator. Please report all animal bites, scratches and exposures to potentially rabid animals to DHEC.”

If you believe you, someone you know, or your pets have come in contact with this fox or another animal that potentially has rabies, please call DHEC's Public Health Florence office at (843) 915-8801 during normal business hours (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday) or after hours and on holidays at (888) 847-0902 (Select Option 2).

It is important to keep pets up to date on their rabies vaccination, as this is one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect against the disease. This fox is the fourth animal in Florence County to test positive for rabies in 2024. There have been 34 cases of rabid animals statewide this year. Since 2002, South Carolina has averaged approximately 148 positive cases a year. In 2023, four of the 78 confirmed rabies cases in South Carolina were in Florence County.

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