Multiple Doges Exposed to Rabies in Oconee County

In Oconee County, approximately 11 dogs were exposed to a skunk that tested positive for rabies. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reported that the skunk was discovered near Boat Ramp Road and South Union Road in the southern part of the county. The skunk was sent for laboratory testing on March 28, which confirmed the presence of rabies. The 11 dogs that came into contact with the skunk will be placed under quarantine. According to DHEC, there are no known human exposures. This marks the first instance in 2024 of animals in Oconee County testing positive for rabies. So far this year, there have been 20 cases reported across the state. On average, South Carolina sees about 148 cases of rabies annually.