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Seneca woman being treated after exposure to rabid cat

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A Seneca woman is undergoing treatment after being exposed to a rabid cat, Fox Carolina reported January 3.

An announcement was made today by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control saying a woman was exposed to a cat that later tested positive for rabies.

Rabies has been more prevalent in upstate South Carolina the past few years. In 2012 there were 137 confirmed cases, while 2013 reported 123 confirmed cases.

With 2014 now upon us, this cat makes the fifth from the state with rabies. Two dogs have also been exposed to the illness, which has an almost 100% fatality rate.

Pet owners need to have their cats and dogs vaccinated, with the first vaccine being given at four months of age. A veterinarian will recommend a schedule for rabies vaccinations after administering the first dose. In South Carolina, it's against the law not to have your cat or dog vaccinated.

According to South Carolina DHEC Code of Laws 47 5 60

"A pet owner must have his pet inoculated against rabies at a frequency to provide continuous protection of the pet from rabies using a vaccine approved by the department and licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture. "

Be sure to have your pets vaccinated, for their protection as well as the safety of the public. Many shelters, as well as mobile vet clinics, make low-cost vaccines available throughout the year.

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