An Aiken County woman was bitten by a rabid fox that she thought was dead, according to the the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
The woman, who was not named, is receiving preventive shots, according to DHEC. Rabies can be fatal to people and animals if the virus reaches the brain.
The animal, which was found Wednesday in the Perry community, is the third confirmed rabid animal in Aiken County this year. Last year the county had four of the states 166 confirmed cases. This year there have been 105 cases.
If you think you have been exposed to the rabies virus through a bite, scratch or the saliva of a possibly infected animal, immediately wash the affected area with plenty of soap and water, said Sue Ferguson, spokeswoman for the state's Bureau of Environmental Health.
Then be sure to get medical attention and report the incident to DHEC.
For more information about rabies, see DHEC's Web page at www.scdhec.gov/rabies or contact DHECs Aiken County Environmental Health office at (803) 642-1637.