Health officials have recommended that one person in Saluda County undergo preventive treatment for rabies after being exposed to a cat that tested positive for the disease.

We're told the incident happened near the Batesburg area.

The state Department of Health and Environmental Control says about 275 South Carolinians must undergo preventive treatment for rabies each year, with most exposures coming from bites or scratches from wild animals such as racoons, foxes and bats, but also domestic pets that can contract the disease if not properly vaccinated against rabies.

The cat in Saluda County makes the third animal to test positive in that county this year.  Last year, there were three cases for all of 2013.

Statewide, there have been 43 confirmed cases of rabies so far this year.