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Rabid skunk confirmed in Chesterfield County

Oct. 28, 2022

Rabid skunk confirmed in Chesterfield County

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has confirmed a skunk found near Highway 151 and Eubanks Road in Jefferson has tested positive for rabies.

Two dogs were exposed and will be quarantined as required in the South Carolina Rabies Control Act.

“To reduce the risk of getting rabies, always give wild and stray animals plenty of space,” said Terri McCollister, rabies program team leader. “If you see an animal in need, avoid touching it and contact someone trained in handling animals, such as your local animal control officer, wildlife control operator, or wildlife rehabilitator.”

If you believe that you or someone you know has had contact with or been potentially exposed to this or another suspect animal, reach out to your local Environmental Affairs office.

If you believe that you, someone you know, or your pets have come in contact with this skunk, or another animal that potentially has rabies, please call DHEC’s Environmental Affairs Florence office at (843) 661-4825 during normal business hours (8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday) or after hours and on holidays at (888) 847-0902 (Select Option 2).

Read the full account in the Nov.  2 issue of The Link

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