Puppy in Florence County, South Carolina Tests Positive for Rabies

On July 17th, a puppy that was taken to Florence County tested positive for rabies based on information released from the Department of Health and Environmental Control. It was originally located in Edgefield County near Johnston. It was said to have resided within Augusta from the 14th-17th of July.

A minimum of 25 people and 6 dogs were exposed. Now that this issue has occurred, we feel it is important to remind everyone that any mammal has the unique ability to carry and transmit the rabies disease to humans and/or their pets.

What Is Rabies?

Rabies is a virus that is highly deadly. It can be spread to both humans and/or their pets through the saliva of animals that are infected. In most instances, it is spread through bats, raccoons, dogs, skunks, coyotes, and foxes; however, being that any mammal may carry and transmit, all should be approached with caution.

There is no cure for rabies and it is nearly always fatal. There is no treatment. However, it is possible for infection to be prevented with a vaccine. If a human gets rabies, they may be provided with shots to prevent the infection from taking hold of the body.

What Are the Symptoms of Rabies?

In most cases, the initial symptoms resemble that of the flu and will last for a few days. As the illness progresses, the following symptoms may be experienced:

  • Fever
  • Pain
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Problems Swallowing
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Confusion
  • Fear of Water
  • Hyperactivity
  • Excessive Levels of Salivation
  • Hallucinations
  • Partial Paralysis
  • Insomnia

Rabies Vaccination

One of the easiest methods of protecting yourself, your family, and your pets is to ensure that you keep your pets all updated on their rabies vaccination. If you see a wild animal or a stray, give them space and avoid interacting with them.

If an animal becomes a nuisance, you may contact animal control or a wildlife rehabilitator professional. You should never attempt to approach or handle a wild animal or a stray on your own – especially if they appear to be sick, are acting odd, or are displaying the symptoms of rabies.


The State of South Carolina averages just under 150 cases of rabies each year. This year – alone – there have been a total of 46 positive cases of rabid-infected animals in the state. You should take every measure possible to protect yourself and the animals that you have.

If you find that there are wounds on your animals and you don’t know where or how they originated, you should contact the Environmental Affairs office. They may be reached by calling 803-642-1637.

Let Us Help

The puppy issue has now been resolved. If you feel as if you or your pets have been exposed to rabies, contact the above-listed number immediately. If it is after hours, call 888-847-0902 and select the option of #2. If you notice a wild animal on or around your property that is becoming a nuisance, contact us here at Palmetto Wildlife Extractors today by calling: 855-465-1088

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