Two cases of rabies exposure have been reported in the Midlands.
State health officials say a man was bitten in Richland County by a raccoon that tested positive for the disease.
It's the third animal this year in the county to be confirmed rabid.
And in Kershaw County, a woman in the Camden area was bitten by a fox that tested positive for rabies.
It's the fourth confirmed rabid animal in that county this year.
Both victims are undergoing medical treatments to help keep the virus from reaching the brain.
State Department of Health and Environmental Control spokesman Jim Beasley says, “Certainly, this time of year we expect to see a fairly steep increase in the number of cases that are reported.
As more of us are outdoors,enjoying the great outdoors, then obviously we're going to come in more contact with nature and wild animals that are there.”
Beasley says these incidents make more than 80 confirmed cases statewide this year – about on par with last year, when there were 137 confirmed cases of rabies for the entire year.