The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) confirmed this week that a goat found near Roper Road and Moore Road in Piedmont tested positive for rabies. One person was exposed and has been referred to their healthcare provider. Twelve goats were exposed and will be quarantined as recommended in the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians Compendium.
The goat was submitted to DHEC’s laboratory for testing on November 2, 2022, and was confirmed to have rabies on November 3, 2022.
South Carolina law requires all dogs, cats, and ferrets be vaccinated against rabies and revaccinated at a frequency to provide continuous protection of the pet from rabies using a vaccine approved by the department and licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Livestock are susceptible to rabies and all livestock with USDA approved rabies vaccinations should be vaccinated. Cattle and horses, however, are the most frequently reported infected livestock species. Species for which licensed vaccines are not available (goat and swine), that have frequent contact with humans, or are considered valuable, should also be vaccinated.
“Keeping your pets and livestock current on their rabies vaccination is a responsibility that comes with owning an animal. It is one of the easiest and most effective ways you can protect yourself, your family, your pets, and your livestock from this fatal disease. That is an investment worth making to provide yourself some peace of mind,” said Terri McCollister, DHEC’s Rabies Program Team Leader.
If you believe that you, your family members, or your pets have come in contact with this goat or another animal that potentially has rabies, please call DHEC’s Environmental Affairs Anderson office at (864) 260-5585 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).
It is important to keep pets up to date on their rabies vaccination, as this is one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect against the disease. This goat is the seventh animal in Anderson County to test positive for rabies in 2022 There have been 74 cases of rabid animals statewide this year. Since 2002, South Carolina has averaged approximately 148 positive cases a year. In 2021, five of the 101 confirmed rabies cases in South Carolina were in Anderson County.
Contact information for local Environmental Affairs offices is available at www.scdhec.gov/EAoffices. For more information on rabies, visit www.scdhec.gov/rabies or www.cdc.gov/rabies.
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