DHEC warns of rabies after 3rd case in Horry County this year

AYNOR, SC (WMBF)- The Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Thursday that one person is getting treatment after they were exposed to rabies from a raccoon in the Bakers Chapel Community.

This marks the third case of rabies so far in Horry County this year. Sandra Craig of DHEC says about 275 South Carolinians must undergo preventative treatment for rabies each year after a bite, scratch, or being exposed to the saliva of a rabid animal.

People that live in the area say this is one of their concerns, especially when it comes to their pets. Aaron Gang said he will think twice before he lets his dog out.

"We definitely have to be more cautious when we let him out, and whether or not we let him roam free or put him on a leash," Gang said.

Gang lives in the country like most of the people in Aynor, and he says he sees wild animals often.

Robert McCullough from DNR advises you to keep food and pet food off of your porches, because that is incentive for wild animals to be on your property. DHEC urges people to be aware and stay away from wild animals acting tame, and tame animals acting wild.

If you think you have been bitten, scratched, or have come in contact with the saliva of a rabid animal, they say you should wash the area immediately with soap and water and call your doctor.

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