DURBAN, The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in the eastern South African province of kwaZulu-Natal, has warned the public about an increase in new cases of rabies in the province and which has resulted in a number of deaths.
The department said Thursday that new cases had been detected along the coastal belt of the province affecting South Coast, Durban, ILembe District and the Empangeni/Richards Bay areas under the King Cetshwayo District.
Department spokesperson Khaye Nkwanyana said the department had implemented a massive vaccination programme in October last year when the province was experiencing an increase in the number of new cases of rabies.
Nkwanyana said the vaccination programme started on the North coast, where the department visited areas in Ndwedwe, Inanda and surrounding areas in Durban. the campaign then moved to the South coast.
The programme went on until December, when we were satisfied that we’ve dealt with the cases ….. until recently when we were alerted of the new spike (in cases). We did a survey and got a report about stray dogs in Port Shepstone. A team was dispatched to kill them, Nkwanyana said.
Two cases of children having both dog and cat bites were recently reported in the affected areas. The cases involved a boy in Enseleni, who was bitten by a dog, and another boy who was bitten by a cat in Stanger, while his family was on holiday. Unfortunately, the two boys died.
Nkwanyana said the department has put up a massive vaccination programme in both the South and North coast of the province, especially in rural areas, adding that state vets are hard at work in this regard.
Source: NAM News Network