Fourth ra­bies death in KZN

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Larry Bent­ley

A FOURTH ra­bies death in the prov­ince has been con­firmed by the KZN De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment.

The lat­est vic­tim is a 39-year old man from the Vry­heid area.

Test re­sults revealed that the man’s death was due to a ra­bid dog bite.

The vic­tim lived in a set­tle­ment out­side the town and had been bit­ten by his own dog, which, un­be­known to him, had been in­fected with the virus.

The man sought med­i­cal at­ten­tion for the dog bite, but be­cause he had not done so within 48 hours of be­ing bit­ten, it was too late to pre­vent his death.

Treat­ment for ra­bies is 100% ef­fec­tive, but it is crit­i­cal that the pa­tient re­ceives the treat­ment within 24 hours, and no longer than 48 hours after be­ing bit­ten.

Ra­bies symp­toms only start man­i­fest­ing be­tween four weeks and two months after in­fec­tion.

Ra­bies is re­garded as an ed­u­ca­tional prob­lem, an aware­ness prob­lem, a re­sources prob­lem and a larger so­ci­etal prob­lem.

Own­ers should get their dogs vac­ci­nated and as a pre­cau­tion should avoid con­tact with stray dogs.

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