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2 exposed to rabies by raccoon in Beaufort County

Raccoon (David Slater / Flickr) Raccoon (David Slater / Flickr)

Two people in Beaufort County have possibly been exposed to rabies by a raccoon.

On Sept. 29, one of the victims picked up a young raccoon on the side of the road near Beaufort Town Center. The raccoon began acting abnormally and was taken to DHEC's laboratory for testing the following day. It was later confirmed to have rabies. The two victims are believed to have been exposed while caring for the raccoon.

"Rabies is a deadly virus that is transmitted when saliva or neural tissue of an infected animal is introduced into the body, usually through a bite, or contact with an open wound or areas such as the mouth or eyes," said Sandra Craig of DHEC's Bureau of Environmental Health Services.

"Due to Hurricane Matthew, there may be an increase in wild animals that have been displaced. Always play it safe and give animals their space, particularly wild and stray animals. If you see an animal in need, contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in your area," said Craig.

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