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      Raccoon exposes person to rabies in Horry County

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      An Horry County resident is being treated after being exposed to a rabid raccoon in the Bakers Chapel community of Horry County, according to the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

      The raccoon is the third animal to test positive for rabies in Horry County so far this year.

      "To reduce the risk of getting rabies, we recommend that people avoid wild animals acting tame and tame animals acting wild," said Sandra Craig of DHEC's Bureau of Environmental Health Services. "About 275 South Carolinians must undergo preventive treatment for rabies every year, with most exposures coming from bites or scratches by a rabid or suspected rabid animal. Wild animals carry the disease most often, but domestic pets can contract rabies as well."

      Make sure your pets are vaccinated against rabies. It is a state law.

      There were 124 confirmed cases of animal rabies during 2013 in South Carolina. There have been 28 confirmed cases in animals statewide this year.

      Click here for more information about rabies.