Rabies in South Africa: 8 cases reported so far in 2021

From NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews

Around 10 human cases of rabies are reported annually in South Africa, mainly due to exposure to rabid dogs.

A total of eight human cases have been confirmed in South Africa so far. In addition, three other likely cases were reported.

In 2021, an increase in the number of dog rabies cases was reported in various locations in South Africa. Districts of the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal Provinces are badly affected. In the Eastern Cape, more than 150 cases of rabies have been confirmed in dogs, of which at least 70 cases were rabies Nelson Mandela Bay. In KwaZulu-Natal, more than 200 cases of dog rabies have been reported to date for 2021.

In August 2021, the Veterinary Office of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture reported two cases of canine rabies Khayelitsha in the city of Cape Town. This was the first report of rabies in provincial dogs in decades.

Rabies is not transmitted from person to person and every case is linked to a sick animal. It is clear that vaccinating dogs (and to some extent domestic cats) is the most important measure in support of rabies prevention and control.

In the state health facilities of South Africa, rabies vaccines and immunoglobulins (post-exposure prophylaxis) are provided free of charge in humans.

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