COLUMBIA, SC — A bat found in a Kershaw County home has tested positive for rabies, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control said Friday.
A DHEC spokesman said no details were available about how or where in the Bethune home the bat was found but added no one in the home appeared to have contact with it. Preventative rabies treatment was recommended for the home’s residents, the spokesman said.
Bats have small teeth and often leave hard-to-see bite marks. Residents who awake to find a bat in their room or see a bat around an unattended child, or near a mentally impaired or intoxicated person, are advised to seek medical advice and have the bat tested.
Officials noted that about 275 South Carolinians are advised to undergo preventive rabies treatment each year after being bitten or scratched by a rabid or suspected rabid animal.
There have been 68 confirmed cases of rabies in animals statewide this year.