A Sumter County woman who became South Carolina’s first case of human rabies in more than 50 years has died, according to the coroner.Read the full article
...Officials believes she was bitten by a bat.
On Friday, State Department of Health and Environmental Control announced the case. ... Eric Brenner, M.D. and medical epidemiologist with DHEC’s Bureau of Disease Control ...[said] “There are only about one-to-three cases of human rabies each year in this country. Tragically, rabies almost always ends in death."
According to Dr. Brenner, almost all rabies infections occur as the result of a bite that introduces infected saliva into the fresh wound.
“In this instance, we believe it’s likely she was bitten by a bat that entered her home a few months ago,” Dr. Brenner said.