Deadly Rabies Virus on the loose in EL

By Irshaad Gangat

Rabies is a deadly virus spread to people from the saliva of infected animals through a bite  mark. Animals most likely to spread rabies include dogs, cats and bats.

Symptoms include fever, headache, excess salivation, muscle spasms, paralysis and mental confusion.

Seek immediate medical attention after a bite or suspected bite. There is no specific treatment for rabies. Once symptoms appear, it is nearly always fatal. A vaccine can prevent infection.

There has been a Rabies outbreak in Mdanstane area in NU 1, 2, 7, 8, 12, and 9 confirmed by the Rural development and Agrarian Reform department.

Pet owners are encouraged to vaccinate their cats and dogs against Rabies by visiting their local veterinarian or the state vet located in NU 1, 395 Mazawule Street in Mdanstane. The Mdanstane state vet clinic can be contacted on 063 ‪206 9170‬.

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