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Raccoon enters South Carolina Medical Center, tests positive for rabies – Florence, South Carolina

Florence, South Carolina 2020-12-22 10:44:21 –

Lexington County, South Carolina (WCBD) – State health officials say a rabies raccoon entered the Lexington Medical Center in Colombia this week, exposing at least one person.

Exposed people seek medical attention from their healthcare providers.

According to DHEC, the raccoon was submitted to the laboratory for inspection on December 18, and was confirmed to have rabies the next day.

“Always give wild and stray animals ample space to reduce the risk of rabies,” said Terri McCollister, DHEC’s rabies program team leader. “If you find an animal in need, don’t touch it and contact someone trained in animal handling, such as a local park ranger or wildlife rehab.”

This year, there were 167 cases of rabies across South Carolina. Since 2011, South Carolina has averaged about 130 positive cases annually.

Locally, DHEC said 45 rabies animals would live in Charleston County in 2020.

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