The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is investigating two reports of people being attacked by a possibly rabid animal.
Spokeswoman Adrianna Bradley said the agency received two reports on May 27 of potential exposure to a fox in Pamplico.
The victims have been referred to their health care providers for consultation, she said.
"The fox has not been captured or submitted for testing so it cannot be confirmed that the fox was rabid." Bradley said.
Rabies is a virus that can be transmitted when saliva or neural tissue of an infected animal is introduced into the body of a healthy person or animal. It infects cells in the central nervous system, causing disease in the brain and, ultimately, death, according to the DHEC website.
"It's important to remember that rabies is a medical urgency, but not an emergency. Rabies in humans is 100% preventable through prompt, appropriate medical care. Yet, more than 55,000 people die from rabies every year – a rate of one person every ten minutes," according to the website.
"Although the cost varies, treatment typically exceeds $3,000 per person," according to the website.
"Due to federal privacy restrictions, DHEC is unable to provide additional information concerning any individual, including details about physical condition, hospitalization, age, sex, and residence," Bradley said.
If you're bitten or scratched by a wild, stray or unvaccinated animal, care for the wound properly and contact your health care provider. The health care provider is required to report the incident to DHEC.