Officials: Sheep exposes 4 in Abbeville County to rabies

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina health officials say a sheep exposed four people to rabies in Abbeville County.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control said Friday that the sheep may have gotten rabies from an aggressive skunk about a month ago.

DHEC says the sheep tested positive for rabies on May 27, and the four people recently had contact with the animal.

South Carolina requires pets, but not livestock, to get rabies vaccines. But DHEC recommends any animal that has frequent encounters with humans to be vaccinated.

South Carolina has had 61 rabies cases so far this year and reported 139 cases of the virus, which is often fatal in humans if it is not treated.