In Laurens County, South Carolina,¬†someone came in contact with a stray cat that later tested positive for rabies.¬†“If you think you have been exposed to the rabies virus through a bite, scratch or the saliva of a possibly infected animal, immediately wash the affected area with plenty of soap and water,” said Sandra Craig, of DHEC’s Bureau of Environmental Health Services. “Then be sure to get medical attention and report the incident to DHEC.” (Department of Health and Environmental Control)

Although this alert is specific to residents in South Carolina, animals infected with rabies can occur anywhere, so make sure your cat doesn’t have rabies and make sure you don’t touch wild animals that could be infected with rabies. Remember, even wild cats that look tame can be dangerous. Then again, if you own a cat, you already know how cats can appear harmless and wind up ripping your skin to shreds three seconds later for no apparent reason.

To read more about South Carolina’s rabies alert, click here.