A child from the Red Bank area of Lexington County is being treated for rabies after being bitten Monday by a rabid fox.
The child happened upon two foxes while walking in the woods in the Red Bank area, and the smaller of the two foxes bit the child on the knee. A neighbor shot the fox, and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources has put out a trap to try to catch the other fox, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Once the rabies virus reaches the brain, the disease is fatal to humans and animals, so the child is undergoing preventive inoculations. About 400 South Carolinians undergo preventive rabies treatment each year, according to DHEC.
This is the second confirmed rabid animal in Lexington County in 2010. Last year, there were eight rabid animals confirmed in the county five raccoons and three bats. In 2009, there were 152 confirmed cases of rabies in animals in South Carolina. So far this year, there have been 50 confirmed cases in animals in the state.