Rabid fox bites Aiken County woman

Friday, Aug 14, 2009 3:00 PM
Last updated 4:16 PM
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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 state’s 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 DHEC’s Aiken County Environmental Health office at (803) 642-1637.

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Bubba442 08/14/09 - 04:08 pm
Rabid fox! Thought they had

Rabid fox! Thought they had let the public service commission loose.

Evans Ga.
Evans Ga. 08/14/09 - 04:49 pm
Why in the world would

Why in the world would someone reach down to pick up or touch a fox. Most people would at least use a stick or something first.

Use your head people, please.

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