18 potentially exposed to rabid dog in the Upstate

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said a dog that was abandoned…

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said a dog that was abandoned in Greenville has tested positive for rabies. DHEC confirmed at least 18 people were potentially exposed. DHEC said they have been referred to their health care providers. Officials said the dog may have been from the area near 8th Street and Neubert Street.DHEC says the dog was confirmed to have rabies on Dec. 14. The rabies virus may have been in the dog’s saliva for two weeks or more before symptoms of rabies were present. The dog is described as a tan, pit bull mixed, between 1 to 2 years of age. Officials said a distinguishing feature is that the dog has basset hound-shaped feet. “We are deeply concerned about all persons involved, as rabies is fatal if left untreated after exposure,” said Lisa Carlson, Midlands Region Medial Director.Exposure to rabies does not have to be from a bite or scratch. Being licked in the face could be deemed an exposure. If you believe that you, someone you know, or your pets have come in contact with this dog, call DHEC’s Environmental Affairs Greenville office at (864)372-3273

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said a dog that was abandoned in Greenville has tested positive for rabies.

DHEC confirmed at least 18 people were potentially exposed. DHEC said they have been referred to their health care providers.

Officials said the dog may have been from the area near 8th Street and Neubert Street.

DHEC says the dog was confirmed to have rabies on Dec. 14.

The rabies virus may have been in the dog’s saliva for two weeks or more before symptoms of rabies were present.

The dog is described as a tan, pit bull mixed, between 1 to 2 years of age.

Officials said a distinguishing feature is that the dog has basset hound-shaped feet.

“We are deeply concerned about all persons involved, as rabies is fatal if left untreated after exposure,” said Lisa Carlson, Midlands Region Medial Director.

Exposure to rabies does not have to be from a bite or scratch. Being licked in the face could be deemed an exposure.

If you believe that you, someone you know, or your pets have come in contact with this dog, call DHEC’s Environmental Affairs Greenville office at (864)372-3273