A raccoon trapped in Aiken on June 19 tested positive for rabies, according to a notice sent out by the Department of Health and Environmental Control.
DHEC posted the notice in the area of Magnolia Street SW and Grace Avenue on June 20, alerting residents the Aiken Department of Public Safety had trapped a rabid raccoon and submitted it to DHEC for testing.
DHEC Public Information Officer Laura Renwick said in an email the raccoon was trapped after potentially exposing a dog to the virus.
Given the fact the raccoon may have infected other animals in the area before being trapped, DHEC is advising area residents to check over pets for any scratches or bite injuries.
The DHEC notice advises anyone who suspects they or their pets have come into contact with an animal infected with rabies to contact the DHEC Environmental Affairs Aiken office and to carefully take injured pets to a veterinarian.
Rabies vaccinations for pets are required by state law under the South Carolina Rabies Control Act.
For more information on rabies in South Carolina, visit scdhec.gov/rabies. The DHEC Environmental Affairs Office in Aiken can be reached at 803-642-1637.