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World Rabies Day

World Rabies Day is September 28 and is an international campaign that seeks to raise awareness about rabies in order to enhance prevention and control efforts. Rabies is a deadly virus that kills humans, pets, and wildlife across the globe.

Join us in the fight to #EndRabies by keeping your pets (dogs, cats, and ferrets) up-to-date on their rabies vaccinations. You can also vaccinate livestock such as horses, cows, and sheep. Vaccinations not only protect your pets and livestock, they also protect you and your family from this deadly virus. You can keep your animals up-to-date with their rabies vaccine by visiting your veterinarian, or attending a low-cost clinic in your area.

Low Cost Clinics - Get Your Pets and Livestock Vaccinated!

A great way to safeguard against rabies is to always give wild and stray animals their space, and to educate your children on the dangers of handling unknown animals. Encourage children to tell an adult if they have been bitten or scratched by an animal. Never handle strays or wildlife, and make sure to keep them away from your family pets.

If you see a wild animal that appears sick, contact your local animal control office, police/sheriff's department, pest control operator, or wildlife rescue/rehabilitation group for help.

Be sure to report animal exposures to your local DHEC Environmental Health Services office.

World Rabies Day Poster Contest Winners!

Bat - Be Forthright - Report the Bite

Dog - Don't Wait - Vaccinate

Fox - Love Your Own - Leave Others Alone

Raccoon - Keep Wild Animals Wild

Posters were graded on interpretation and the clarity of the category, creativity and originality, and aesthetically pleasing visual design. Winners were selected on November 1. WINNING POSTERS: Winning posters will be featured on DHEC's webpage for a full year, and posted on our Facebook and Flickr pages. The winning posters will be incorporated into DHEC's 2018 World Rabies Day event and winning contestants will receive a certificate of accomplishment by mail. One winner per category was chosen, with a total of four World Rabies Day poster winners.

RULES AND DISCLAIMER: You can only submit one entry per person. You must live in South Carolina. Do not submit a poster or image that may infringe any copyright or other proprietary rights. DHEC employees and their immediate family are not eligible to win the public poster contest. These entries will be graded against other DHEC employees and family members. By submitting your poster, you agree to grant DHEC a non-exclusive license to reproduce, use, display, and distribute your poster without regard to any copyright, trademark, service mark, patent, trade secret, or other proprietary rights you may have in such information. You agree we may use your poster on our social and web platforms (for example, Facebook and Flickr) for the purpose of educating the public about rabies. DHEC assumes no responsibility for any republication or other use of your poster by others not under our control. All submitted posters will be reviewed; a submission is not a guarantee that the poster will be featured. We reserve the right to decide which posters to post on Facebook, other social platforms, or the DHEC website.

World Rabies Day is co-sponsored by the
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC).