Suspected rabies death in Soweto

2010-09-27 12:36

A Johannesburg girl had died, possibly after contracting rabies, Gauteng agriculture and rural development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza said today.

The child, who was younger than 10 years and from Dobsonville, Soweto, died on Saturday at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

Khoza said it had not been confirmed whether the girl had died of rabies. The case had been handed to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases for investigation.

Khoza was speaking at the start of a rabies vaccination drive at the Kopanong community centre in Dobsonville, where people could bring their animals to be vaccinated for free at a mobile SPCA clinic.

The campaign would be rolled out across Soweto until October 22. It was prompted by a rabies outbreak in southern and western Johannesburg.

Rabies is a viral infection of the nervous system that affects all mammals, and is fatal once symptoms kick in.

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