Sec­ond ra­bies case in eShowe

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Larry Bent­ley

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.

Larry Bent­ley

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

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