Rabid raccoon turns up in Beaufort County

OKATIE, SC (WTOC) - South Carolina health officials are warning Beaufort County residents not to feed or care for wild animals after three people test positive for rabies.

Two women and a girl were caring for what they thought was an injured raccoon, which was found along a road in Okatie, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

They are receiving preventative inoculations. Five others are being evaluated.

The disease is fatal to humans and animals, according to the DHEC.

This is the fifth confirmed rabid animal in Beaufort County this year and 77 rabies cases in South Carolina, according to the DHEC. In 2010, there were five rabid animals confirmed in the county and 106 confirmed cases of rabies in animals in South Carolina.

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