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Mar 12, 2015

04:18:47 GMT--Biological Hazard - North-America - USA

EDIS Number: BH-20150312-47288-USA

Date / time: 12/03/2015 04:17:14 [UTC]

Event: Biological Hazard

Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of South Carolina

Location: [Abbeville County]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: 4 person(s)

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A


Four people have been referred to doctors after being exposed to rabies by a stray cat in Abbeville County that tested positive for the disease. The exposure occurred last Friday. The cat tested positive for rabies on Tuesday, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. “Rabies is a threat to humans, pets and wild animals,” said Sandra Craig of DHEC’s Bureau of Environmental Health Services. “All pet owners should have their dogs, cats and ferrets vaccinated regularly as required by state law. “It is extremely important to the health of your pet, your family and you that pet vaccinations are kept up-to-date,” Craig said. “Families should also be aware that stray animals are almost always unvaccinated.”

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