DHEC: Bat potentially exposes Charleston trio to rabies

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Three Charleston adults have been recommended to undergo post-exposure treatments for rabies after coming into contact with a bat that tested positive for the disease, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

A release from DHEC did not state where the incident took place.

"Bats have very small, sharp teeth that might feel like a mosquito bite, so people may not realized they have been bitten," said Sue Ferguson with DHEC. "If you think you have been exposed to the rabies virus through a bite, scratch or the saliva of a possibly infected animal, immediately wash the affected area with plenty of soap and water."

This is the first bat to test positive for rabies this year in Charleston County, the release states.

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