KZN ra­bies death of tod­dler con­firmed

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS -

THE death of a two-yearold girl from Inanda, Ethek­wini from ra­bies has been con­firmed.

She was bit­ten in the face by a rabid dog last week.

Re­ports of two con­firmed cases of rabid dogs were also re­ceived from the Ray Nkonyeni Mu­nic­i­pal­ity in Ugu Dis­trict and one in Inanda in Ethek­wini.

One goat, also in the Ray Nkonyeni Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, was found rabid in Dumezulu area.

There have once again been calls for those with knowl­edge to ed­u­cate those who do not have ac­cess to so­cial me­dia and ra­bies ed­u­ca­tion.

In the event of a bite

If some­one is bit­ten or scratched by any mam­mal which could have ra­bies it is im­por­tant to wash the bro­ken skin with run­ning wa­ter and soap for 10 min­utes. This needs to be fol­lowed by a course of four vac­ci­na­tions by a doc­tor or hos­pi­tal staff. Do not let a clinic turn you away and in­sist on speak­ing to some­one who can ad­vise you about vac­ci­na­tion.

If the clinic does not have vac­cine, ask them to find out where the near­est clinic with vac­cine is sit­u­ated.

If you have been bit­ten you will also need in­jec­tions of ra­bies im­munoglob­u­lin (RIG) into the wound.

You have a right to call an am­bu­lance if needed.

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