A Kershaw County woman who was attacked by a cat is under the care of a doctor after the animal tested positive for rabies, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control said Thursday.
The woman was attacked in southeast Kershaw County, near the Sumter County line, said DHEC's Sue Ferguson.
DHEC advises residents to vaccinate their pets and avoid wild animals and domesticated animals that act strangely. Once the rabies virus reaches the brain, it is fatal to humans and animals.
This is the first confirmed rabid animal in Kershaw County in 2009. Last year, there were two confirmed cases. So far this year, there have been 129 cases confirmed statewide.