DHEC partners with vets to offer rabies vaccination for pets

Pet owners help prevent rabies

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced in a news letter that they are partnering with participating veterinarians statewide to help protect residents and pets from rabies.

"Participating veterinarians will be conducting rabies clinics to vaccinate dogs, cats and ferrets against this fatal disease," said Sue Ferguson of DHEC's Bureau of Environmental Health Services. "Vaccination fees in these clinics will not exceed $10 per pet."

In 2012, there were 137 positive rabies cases confirmed in animals in SC. "Rabies is a threat to pets, wild animals and humans, so all pet owners should have their dogs, cats and ferrets vaccinated as required by state law," Ferguson continued.

"The disease is fatal once the virus reaches the brain. Each year nearly 275 South Carolinians are recommended to undergo preventive treatment after being bitten by a rabid or suspected rabid animal," Ferguson finished.

For dates, times and locations of DHEC-sponsored rabies vaccinations, and clinics in Horry County, and additional information on rabies, visit the agency's website at  http://www.scdhec.gov/administration/library/CR-003450_horry.pdf

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