DHEC rabies vaccination clinics set

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COLUMBIA, S.C. - The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control is partnering with participating veterinarians across the state to help residents protect their pets and themselves against rabies.

"Participating veterinarians will be conducting rabies clinics to vaccinate dogs, cats, and ferrets against this fatal disease," said Sue Ferguson of DHEC's Bureau of Environmental Health Services. "Vaccination fees in these clinics will not exceed $10 per pet.

"Rabies is a threat to pets, wild animals and humans, so all pet owners should have their dogs, cats and ferrets vaccinated as required by state law," Ferguson said. The disease is fatal once the virus reaches the brain.{} Each year nearly 275 South Carolinians are recommended to undergo preventive treatment after being bitten by a rabid or suspected rabid animal."

In 2012, there were 137 positive cases of rabies confirmed in animals in the state, including 66 raccoons, 25 bats, 21 skunks, 18 foxes, four cats, two cows, and one bobcat.

"The contribution of local veterinarians to this annual effort provides a valuable public service to our citizens," Ferguson said. "More than 29,000 pets were vaccinated against rabies during the clinics last year."

For dates, times and locations of DHEC-sponsored rabies vaccination clinics and additional information on rabies, visit the agency's website at:{}

Upcoming dates:

Saturday - April 13, 20139 a.m. - noon St. John's High School, 1518 Main Street, John's Island, SC 29455 Dr. Smith

9 a.m. - noon College Park Ballfield, Grove St. & Rutledge Ave., Charleston, SC 29402 Dr. Biascoechea

Saturday - April 20, 20139 a.m. - noon Charleston County Service Center, 5962 Hwy 165, Ravenel, SC 29470 Dr. Sauls

9 a.m. - noonFolly Beach Fire Station, 21 Center Street, Folly Beach, SC 29439 Dr. ClelandSaturday - April 27, 20139 a.m. - noon James Island Middle School, 1484 Camp Road, Charleston, SC 29412 Dr. Cleland9 a.m. - noon Moultrie Middle School, 645 Coleman Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 Dr. SaulsRAIN DATE: Saturday - May 4, 2013If a previous DHEC sponsored clinic was canceled due to inclement weather, please visit theaddress of the original clinic. Questions? Call your local DHEC office (843) 202-7020.Charleston Animal Society Rabies Clinic: Saturday - May 4, 20132455 Remount Road, N. Charleston, SC 29406Please contact Charleston Animal Society for event information. (843) 747-4849