Two people in Fairfield County are undergoing rabies treatments after a bat found inside their house tested positive for rabies, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Thursday.
A man and a woman didn’t recall being bitten by the bat, but rabies shots were recommended because the bats were found inside their house and could have come into contact with them while they slept, according to DHEC.
Health officials recommend immediate rabies treatment if there’s any chance of human exposure. Once the rabies virus reaches the human brain, it is almost always fatal.
A Sumter County woman who died of rabies earlier this year was the state’s first rabies death in more than 50 years.