DHEC: Fox(es) on the Loose, Possibly Rabid

Officials say be cautious

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By Monique Williams

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- The Department of Health and Environmental Control warns everyone to be on alert as the agency investigates two confirmed fox attacks and two more unconfirmed cases, possibly involving more human victims.

DHEC Spokesperson, Adam Myrick, says people should be very cautious. He warns the likelihood of the fox or foxes involved in two previous attacks being rabid is extremely high. One eyewitness tells ABC Columbia News she has actually seen a gray fox walking to and fro during daylight hours in Southeast Columbia, near the Dorn VA Hospital. About a half mile away is the Incarnation Lutheran Church Childcare Center. Childcare workers say they have altered the outdoor routine of the 65 children they care for, no loner allowing them to play on the outdoor playground.

About 400 South Carolinians must undergo preventative treatment for rabies each year, with most exposures from being bitten or scratched by a rabid or suspected rabid animal, according to DHEC. Officials suggest this is a good time for pet owners to make sure the family pet is vaccinated against rabies.

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