Florence, South Carolina 2021-09-21 10:19:36 –
Dillon County, South Carolina (WBTW) —The South Carolina Department of Health and Environment has confirmed that bats found near Dillon’s Live Oak Lane and Woodcreek Drive test positive for rabies.
No one has been exposed at this time. Two cats are exposed and quarantined as required by South Carolina’s Rabies Control Act.
The bat was submitted to the DHEC laboratory for testing on 16 September and was confirmed to have rabies on 17 September.
Never handle bats, wildlife or stray animals with your bare hands, whether alive or dead. Bats that may come into contact with people, pets, or livestock should be safely confined in a closed container and kept out of contact. Once the bats are released, you will not be able to test for rabies. Never let go of bats that may expose people or pets.
“Rabies bats are known to infect the rabies virus,” said Terri McCollister, rabies program team leader. “People aren’t always aware that they or their pets have been bitten because the bat’s teeth are small and bites are easily overlooked. You should always assume that your pet may have been bitten. Bats are left unattended by children, pets, or people with impaired mental abilities (drunk or mentally impaired). You can find it in place, or you are in direct contact with a bat. “
Whether or not bats and other animals have rabies cannot be determined by looking at them. Rabies should be confirmed in the laboratory.
Abnormal behavior of bats that may indicate that an animal has rabies includes daytime activity, flightlessness, and discovery in unusual places such as homes and lawns. Exposure is defined as being bitten, scratched, or in contact with the saliva or body fluids of an infected animal. Immediately wash any parts of your body that may have come into contact with saliva or nerve tissue with plenty of soap and water and see a doctor.
“Bats can carry rabies, but not all bats are infected with the virus. Bats are an important part of South Carolina’s ecosystem and, like all wildlife, It deserves a healthy degree of respect, “says McAllister.
During normal business hours (8:30 am) if you, someone you know, or your pet appears to have come into contact with this bat or another animal that may have rabies. DHEC Environmental Issues Please call the Florence office (843) 661-4825. -5 pm, Monday to Friday) or after hours and holidays (888) 847-0902 (choose option 2).
Keeping your pet up to date with rabies vaccination is important. This is because it is one of the easiest and most effective ways to prevent rabies.
This bat is the first animal to test positive for rabies in Dillon County in 2021. This year, 71 rabies animals have occurred throughout the state. Since 2002, South Carolina has an average of about 148 positive cases annually. In 2020, one of the 168 rabies cases identified in South Carolina occurred in Dillon County.
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