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Berkeley County, SC (WLTX) - The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says four people were exposed to rabies by a fox.

The cases all happened in the town of Summerville in Berkeley County. It's unclear how the people came in contact with the animal, but officials say the fox tested positive for the disease.

DHEC experts say to avoid the chance of getting rabies, people should avoid wild animals that act tame and tame animals that act wild.

"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 with DHEC. "Then be sure to get medical attention and report the incident to DHEC."

There have been 81 confirmed cases of rabies in the state so far this year.

For more information on rabies, DHEC offers up the following resources:

DHEC webpage: http://www.scdhec.gov/rabies

DHEC BEHS: http://www.scdhec.gov/environment/behs/regions.htm

Centers for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/rabies

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