PICKENS, S. C. (FOX Carolina) – Rabies was discovered in Pickens County, DHEC officials said in a press release.
One person was reported to have been abandoned after coming into contact with foxes tested positive for rabies. They have been referred to their healthcare provider, DHEC officials say.
Officials say the infected fox attacked the victim on July 23. The fox was captured and immediately submitted to the DHEC lab for testing. Rabies is usually transmitted through a bite that allows saliva from an infected animal to be introduced into the body of a person or other animal. Contact with saliva or nerve tissue with open wounds or areas such as eyes, nose, or mouth could also potentially transmit rabies, "said David Vaughan, director of the DHEC Onsite Wastewater Department, Rabies Prevention and Enforcement] If you have reason to believe that you , Your family members, or your pets have come into contact with any of these foxes or any other animal that may have been rabies, please contact the DHEC Greenlife Bureau in Greenville at (864) 372-3273. [1