Second rabies case in eShowe
A STRAY puppy found near the eShowe police station last week has tested positive for rabies. This is the second case reported in the town, since another rabid dog was found in Addison Street a month ago. This makes World Rabies Day on Friday, under the theme ‘share the message, save a life’, even more important. A total of 61 pets (53 dogs and 8 cats) were vaccinated at a clinic held by the Department of Agriculture in eShowe The message around the prevention of rabies is simple - if you do not have your pets vaccinated, you are breaking the law. If you cannot produce a valid vaccination certificate for your dogs or cats after they have come into contact with a rabid animal, the Animal Diseases Act states they are to be euthanised. This emphasises the importance of keeping one’s rabies vaccination certificates in a safe place for future reference. Rabies is 100% preventable through pre- or post-exposure vaccination. At a veterinary services skills development congress at the Cedara Agricultural College, KZN Rabies Project Manager and adviser to the World Health Organisation, Kevin le Roux, emphasised the importance of education in eliminating rabies.
Department of Agriculure officials in attendance at the rabies clinic held in eShowe on World Rabies Day are Dr Vanessa Meyer, Petros Diphaphe and Vuyo Cele