The National Council of SPCA (NSPCA) are advising pet owners to get their animals vaccinated as more cases of rabies were confirmed in Gauteng.
“Rabies has been confirmed in the Boksburg area and recently in the Muldersdrift area. These incidents are in heavily populated areas and we once again urge all animal owners to ensure that all mammals are vaccinated, irrespective of species,” said the NSPCA.
Pet owners are urged to approach state veterinary departments or local vets or contact their local SPCA for more information, Rekord Centurion reported.
“A simple annual vaccination can protect your pets and other animals from this dreaded disease. People can also be vaccinated and the vaccination lasts 3-5 years depending on the product used.”
Rabies is a fatal disease with no cure that affects all mammals, including humans.
Those bitten should first clean and disinfect the wound and attend to a doctor immediately to ensure post-bite treatment is taken.
“If the animal is suspected to be rabid, contact the state vet and report the matter so that they can take the necessary action,” said the NSPCA.
Tshwane SPCA spokesperson Korky Levanon said rabies cases were also reported in Pretoria.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said a 6-year-old from the Free State was diagnosed with rabies, which killed her last Tuesday.
“Neither the patient prior to her death, nor her family reported or recalled exposure to a suspected rabid animal,” said the NICD.
This is the second human case reported in South Africa this year. The first was diagnosed in KwaZulu-Natal in January.
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– Caxton News Service