Rabies – USA

A fox found near McMillan Road and Cordova Road in Orangeburg County has tested positive for rabies. One person and a dog were exposed during an attack of the fox.

The fox was submitted for testing on May4 2020 and was confirmed to have rabies one day later.

Next, on May 9 2020, a man bitten by a fox in Brier Creek was receiving post-exposure treatment for rabies.  The fox was captured on May 10 2020.

Anyone who believes they may have been exposed to rabies should wash any body part having come into contact with saliva or neural tissue with soap and water. You are also urged to seek medical attention.

If you, your family members, or pets have come into contact with this fox or any other animal which may have been exposed to rabies, please call the Orangeburg Environmental Affairs Office at 803-533-5490. You may also call after hours at 1-888-847-0902.

Photo: Fox standing in water.

Rabies is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the brain in humans and other mammals. Early symptoms can include fever and tingling at the site of exposure. These symptoms are followed by one or more of the following symptoms: violent movements, uncontrolled excitement, fear of water, an inability to move parts of the body, confusion, and ultimately loss of consciousness. Once symptoms appear, the result is nearly always death.

The time period between contracting the disease and the start of symptoms is usually one to three months, but can vary from less than one week to more than one year.

Rabies is present in more than 150 countries and on all continents but Antarctica. It is very important to have your pets vaccinated and avoid contact with wild animals.

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