Officials from DHEC reports a child in the Pineville area of Berkeley County was exposed to the rabies virus. The child is now receiving post-exposure treatment. A spokesperson says she was bitten by a fox that tested positive for rabies.
Officials say there were 137 confirmed cases of animal rabies during 2012 in South Carolina. There have been 82 confirmed cases in animals statewide this year. This animal is the first to test positive from Berkeley County in 2013.
Sue Ferguson from the agency's Bureau of Environmental Health Services says "to reduce the risk of getting rabies, we recommend that people avoid wild animals acting tame and tame animals acting wild."
DHEC says every year 275 South Carolinians under preventative treatment for rabies and most exposures come from bites or scratches by an animal. Officials say if you think you have been exposed immediately wash the area with plenty of soap and water and be sure to get medical attention and report the incident to DHEC.