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      Protecting yourself from rabid animals

      Columbia, S.C. (WACH)- In the past few months there have been several cases of people bitten by wild animals.

      As the weather gets warmer more people will be outside which can lead to increased interaction with wild animals.

      Health officials recommend staying away from wildlife whether they show signs of rabies or not.

      â??If you see a tame animal acting wild or a wild animal acting tame, stay awayâ?? said Adam Myrick, spokesman for the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control.

      Experts recommend seeing a doctor immediately if you are bitten or scratched by a wild animal or get the animal's bodily fluids on you.

      Household pets are also at risk of being attacked by a rabid animal.

      â??Another great way to protect yourself is to vaccinate your pets,"said Myrick. "Not only is it a state law but itâ??s a great safe practice."

      Ivy Durant, 46, died late last year after being bitten by a rabid bat. It was South Carolina's first human rabies case in more than 50 years.