The Randburg SPCA has issued a rabies alert after two confirmed cases of rabies, Randburg Sun reports.
Two people are receiving treatment after testing positive for rabies.
In a statement issued by the animals rights organisation, two people who recently tested positive for rabies were bitten in the Muldersdrift and Lanseria areas, and were receiving treatment. The statement warned residents not to approach any jackals and to report such sightings, after four jackals and two domestic dogs tested positive for rabies.
“It is vital as well as a legal requirement that pets have their annual rabies vaccinations. If your pet has not been vaccinated in the last 12 months please make an appointment with your vet as soon as possible,” the statement read.
The Randburg SPCA further warned that rabies is a fast-moving virus that must be treated immediately.
Rabies signs to watch out for in your pet:
- Changes in attitudes and behaviour
- Changes in the bark
- Dropped jaw
- Excessive salivation
- Extreme excitability
- Hydrophobia (fear of water)
- Pica (appetite for non-nutritious substances)
- Shyness or aggression
- Inability to swallow.
Details: Randburg SPCA, 011 462 1610
– Caxton News Service.