Florence County victim potentially exposed to rabies

Florence County victim potentially exposed to rabies

FLORNECE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A stray cat potentially exposed a victim from Florence County to rabies March 7, according to a report from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

A report showed that the cat was tested positive for the disease.

The cat reportedly attacked the victim on their property, in an area north of the Florence Regional Airport.

The cat was placed under quarantined and died on March 9.

According to the report, the stray cat is the first animal in Florence County to test positive for rabies in 2017.

"To reduce the risk of getting rabies, we recommend giving wild and stray animals their space," said Sandra Craig of DHEC's Bureau of Environmental Health Services. "If you see an animal in need, contact your local animal control office."

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