Rabid Cat Potentially Exposed Residents To Rabies

In Spartanburg County

Patrick Gentry
July 05, 2018 - 5:37 pm

The Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reported today that four people have been referred to their health care providers after being potentially exposed to rabies by a kitten that tested positive for the disease.

The potential exposures occurred in Spartanburg County while the kitten was being handled. The kitten was submitted to DHEC's laboratory for testing on June 29, and was confirmed to have rabies on July 2.

This kitten is the second animal in Spartanburg County to test positive for rabies in 2018. There have been 41 confirmed cases of animal rabies statewide this year. In 2017, 3 of the 63 confirmed rabies cases in South Carolina were in Spartanburg County.

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