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Authorities plan three-day rabies vaccination campaign after case confirmed in Strand

Western Cape Veterinary Services have received lab results confirming rabies in a dog in Strand, outside Cape Town.

  • The confirmed case of rabies was discovered in a dog in Strand earlier this week
  • It is understood the dog was euthanized
  • There have been sporadic cases of rabies in the Strand area since October last year
  • Western Cape officials will offer free rabies vaccinations for cats and dogs in the Strand area on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

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Pet owners in the Western Cape have been urged to have their pets vaccinated after a case of rabies was detected at Strand earlier this week.

Western Cape Veterinary Services received lab results on Monday confirming the dog was rabid.

Rabies is a viral disease that can affect animals and humans and is transmitted through saliva or other bodily fluids.

For example, a dog or a person can become infected by being bitten, scratched or licked by a rabid animal.

Once rabies is established, there is no effective treatment.

However, rabies is very easily prevented by vaccinating dogs and cats.

Signs of rabies include:

  • Sudden changes in behavior (including aggression, confusion, or anxiety)
  • Weakness
  • Drool
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Staggering
  • Seizures
  • Muscle spasms
  • Paralysis

Provincial authorities staged a three-day campaign offering free rabies vaccinations for cats and dogs in the Strand area.

Pet owners in Strand can bring their pets on the following days:

  • Tuesday March 15, 2022 at Victoria Park 1 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 16, 2022 behind Kwik Spar Strand from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday March 17, 2022 at the open space at the corner of Lichtenstein and De Vos streets from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Pet owners in the Strand and other areas of Cape Town are also encouraged to take their pets to their private veterinarian or animal welfare organization to ensure their rabies vaccinations are up to date.

Authorities have stressed that vaccinating pets will prevent a large-scale rabies outbreak and save human lives.

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