Pos­si­ble ra­bies case in Port Durn­ford

Eyethu Baywatch - - NEWS • IZINDABA - Larry Bent­ley

A CHILD has been scratched by a sus­pected ra­bid dog in the Port Durn­ford area.

Whether the dog was ra­bid or not will only be con­firmed when re­sults are made known next week.

As a pre­cau­tion the child’s par­ents have been asked to go to a clinic for im­me­di­ate as­sess­ment and a course of four pre­ven­ta­tive in­jec­tions.

This is a re­minder that ra­bies treat­ment should be started with­out de­lay and con­sid­ered an emer­gency.

Scratches can also cause ra­bies trans­mis­sion if the skin is bro­ken.

Ra­bid an­i­mals of­ten sali­vate on their paws, leav­ing plenty of ra­bies virus on the claws which can then be trans­ferred by a scratch.

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