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South Carolina Has First Human Rabies Case in 50 Years

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - A middle-aged woman in South Carolina has contracted the state's first case of human rabies in more than 50 years, health officials said on Friday.

"There are only about one to three cases of human rabies each year in this country," said Dr. Eric Brenner, epidemiologist with the state Department of Health and Environmental Control's Bureau of Disease Control.

"Tragically, rabies almost always ends in death," he said in a statement.

Brenner said health officials believe the woman likely was bitten by a bat that entered her home a few months ago.

"The rabies virus travels slowly through the body until it reaches the brain and central nervous system and produces serious initial symptoms including headache, difficulty swallowing, seizures, anxiety, agitation and confusion," he said. "Most patients die within a few weeks after the onset of these symptoms."

Federal medical privacy laws prevent the department from releasing any more information about the patient or her condition, said Health and Environmental Control spokesman Jim Beasley.

The woman lives in Sumter County, in the middle of the state, officials said.

Bites from rabies-infected bats are one of the most common way humans are exposed, Brenner said. Raccoons, foxes, skunks and other wild animals, as well as unvaccinated dogs and cats, can transmit rabies through their saliva into a bite wound.

South Carolina law requires all dogs, cats and ferrets to be vaccinated against the rabies virus.

The agency said it will investigate to determine if anyone else might have been exposed to the virus. Person-to-person transmission of rabies has not been documented, with the exception of special circumstances in medical settings, Brenner said.

The last cases of human rabies in South Carolina were in December 1959, when an elderly Florence County man was bitten by a dog, and in March 1958 when an elderly Clarendon County woman was bitten by a fox, Beasley told Reuters.

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Yikes. Once you're symptomatic, the prognosis is extremely grim.

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Re: South Carolina Has First Human Rabies Case in 50 Years

There was a raccoon in NJ that walked into a warehouse, it had rabies, not sure if anyone got bit, but rabies is still commonplace, I remember growing up hearing people talk a lot about it.

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with around only 3 cases a year in this country, it irritates me to no end that to license my cats where i live (its the law) i must get them rabies shots. my cats are strictly indoors and i feel it is not fair. the chances of a rabies shot having a bad reaction to my cats is a million times more likely than my cats getting rabies and passing it on to someone else. rabies give bats a bad name.

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I heard about the case of Jeanna Giese she had rabies and survived. So there's a chance this South Carolina woman will survive but it will be a hard struggle.

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Re: South Carolina Has First Human Rabies Case in 50 Years

I remember my great granny mentioning something about someone being chained to a tree or something after becoming rapid. I said something about it to my granny not long ago and she said she remembered hearing that story too.

Was most likely brought up after some raccoon was seizing by my porch steps. A call to ODNR and they told us to spray bleach. My first thought was rabies but they said it was most likely distemper. Never seen that before. Was scary looking.

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what did the bleach do

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kill the germs?

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