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DHEC: Jasper residents should be on lookout for rabies

A Hardeeville man who was bitten by a fox is under doctor's care after the animal tested positive for rabies, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported Friday.

Jasper County residents are urged to vaccinate pets against rabies and avoid wild animals.

Anyone bitten by, scratched by or exposed to the saliva of a rabid animal must undergo immediate treatment to stop the virus from reaching the brain. The man, who has not been identified, is receiving preventative inoculations, according to a DHEC news release.

About 400 South Carolinians undergo preventive treatment for rabies every year, with exposure typically coming from an animal's bite or scratch. Wild animals carry the disease most often, but domestic pets can contract rabies as well, the release said.

This is the first confirmed rabid animal in Jasper County in 2011, according to DHEC. Last year, there were no rabid animals confirmed in the county. In 2010, there were 106 confirmed cases of rabies in animals in South Carolina. So far this year, there have been 33 confirmed cases.

Information: Go to DHEC's webpage or contact DHEC's Jasper County Environmental Health Office at 843-726-7792.

Pedal power encouraged for bike to work day

The Town of Hilton Head Island and the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce have joined to encourage residents to participate in National Bike to Work (or Play) Day.

From 7 to 10 a.m. Friday, four temporary energizer stations will be set up along the island's bike paths, according to a town news release. Refreshments will be provided by the Bike Doctor, Go Tri Sports and Roadfish at stations near their bike shops.

Town and chamber employees also plan to pedal to work, the release said, and the town encourages others to join them.

US Rep. Scott to speak to Bluffton Tea Party

U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, R-Charleston, who represents South Carolina's 1st Congressional District, will speak to the Bluffton Tea Party at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Golden Corral restaurant on U.S. 278.

Guests should arrive by 5:30 p.m. if they want to eat dinner and find a seat. Information: Email

Road work to close Bluffton roundabout

The traffic circle at S.C. 46 and Bluffton Parkway in Bluffton will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Sunday for road work.

All traffic will be detoured to Goethe Road and Kitties Landing, according to the Bluffton Police Department.

Details: Call Karen Jarrett of the town of Bluffton at 843-706-7802 or Rea Construction at 843-247-0539.