Rabid Skunk Bites Person Near Lake Hartwell

ANDERSON COUNTY – One person in Anderson County was exposed to rabies by a skunk after being bitten.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control reports the skunk bit the victim on December 30 between Homeland Park and Lake Hartwell.

The skunk tested positive for the disease a day later.

It was the ninth animal in Anderson County to test positive for the disease in 2015 compared to 12 the previous year.

DHEC reports about 275 people must undergo preventative treatment for rabies each year in South Carolina. Most exposure to people come from bites or scratches by an animal.

The skunk brings the total number of cases statewide in 2015 to 130.

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