Health officials are recommending a West Ashley family to receive post-exposure treatment for rabies after their 9-week old puppy got hold of a bat that later tested positive for the disease.
According to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, the puppy was spotted by its owner carrying a bat in its mouth on October 10. The owner, along with another family member, removed the bat from the puppy's mouth with their bare hands and had it submitted to DHEC for testing.
The results on the bat came back positive for rabies on October 14.
DHEC officials have recommended that the two people who came in contact with the bat undergo post-exposure treatment, while the puppy, who was too young to have been vaccinated, must undergo a 180-day quarantine.
There were 124 confirmed cases of animal rabies during 2013 in South Carolina. There have been 116 confirmed cases in animals statewide this year, according to DHEC.