DHEC confirms rapid bat in Lexington County, one pet exposed

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO) – tea South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) confirmed that a bat found near Aster Court and South Main Street in Gaston, SC has tested positive for rabies.

The bat was taken to the DHEC lab for testing on October 30, 2023, and was later confirmed to have rabies on October 31, 2023.

DHEC says no people were exposed to the bat, but a cat was exposed and will be quarantined.

Rabid Bats are known to transmit the rabies virus. People don’t always realize that or a pet has been bitten since bat teeth are tiny and bites are easy to overlook,” said Terri McCollister, director of the Rabies Program.

Anyone who believes that, someone you know or your pets have had contact with a bat or another animal that may have rabies, DHEC asks to contact the Columbia Public Health office at (803) 896-0620 or (888 ) 847-0902.

Also, DHEC confirmed that this is the eighth animal in Lexington County to test positive for rabies in 2023.

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