At least five people in Lynchburg were subjected to medical consultation after they came into contact with a stray dog that tested positive for rabies.
The Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is unsure how the dog contracted the disease, but reported that the dog had bite wounds when it was tested after displaying neurological symptoms. DHEC’s Sandra Craig said rabies virus can be transferred to humans or other animals when an infected animal’s saliva or neural tissues are introduced to it through biting, open wounds or to the mucous membranes of the eyes or mouth. Aside from the five potentially infected persons, there were also five pet dogs exposed to the virus. Under the Rabies Control Act, the potentially infected dogs must undergo quarantine for 180 days or will be put down.
Rabies is a life-threatening virus that is usually acquired from dog bites. If you or a loved one has contracted rabies as a result of negligent pet owners, working with an experienced attorney is an important step toward receiving compensation for your treatment. Get in touch with an attorney at the Clawson and Staubes, LLC: Injury Group in Charleston by calling (843) 720-0810 to see how our attorneys can help you with your legal needs.