HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A fox that attacked a person in Longs earlier this month tested positive for rabies.
According to a press release from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the animal attacked the victim near the intersection of Pireway Road and Old Buck Creek Road in Longs on March 16.
The next day, the fox was submitted to DHEC's laboratory for testing and was confirmed to have rabies.
According to DHEC, the victim has started post-exposure treatment.
The fox is the first animal in Horry County to test positive for rabies in 2017, the release stated.
There have been 11 confirmed cases of animal rabies statewide this year. In 2016, one of the 94 rabies cases in South Carolina was in Horry County.