DHEC sets rabies vaccination clinics in Lowcountry

DHEC sets rabies vaccination clinics in Lowcountry

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control is partnering with participating Lowcountry veterinarians to help people protect their pets and themselves from rabies.

"Participating veterinarians will conduct rabies clinics to vaccinate dogs, cats and ferrets against this fatal disease," Sandra Craig, of DHEC's Bureau of Environmental Health Services, said.

The fees for the vaccination will not exceed $10 per pet, she said.

"If you've added a puppy, kitten or ferret to your family, be sure to help them stay healthy by protecting them from the rabies virus," she added.

Rabies has been found in every county of South Carolina. The disease is most often carried by wild animals, but domestic pets can contract rabies, too.

"Unvaccinated pets that are exposed to the rabies virus must be quarantined or euthanized," Craig said. "The disease is fatal once the virus reaches the brain, yet the heartache of losing a pet to this disease can be avoided through vaccination."

Approximately 11,300 pets were vaccinated against rabies during these clinics last year, DHEC said.

In 2014 there were 139 laboratory confirmed cases of rabies in animals in the state, including 70 raccoons, 33 skunks and 9 foxes.

For additional information on rabies, visit: http://www.scdhec.gov/rabies

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