SPCA rabies clinic extended

2012-06-12 00:00

MORE rabies vaccinations will be administered by the Pietermaritzburg SPCA Rabies Clinic this week.

The vaccinations, which were given for three days last week, have been extended due to public demand.

The service, which was offered to the public last week at the Garden of Remembrance at the SPCA in Woodhouse Road, Scottsville, started yesterday at the same venue from 10 am to 11 am and will end on Thursday.

SPCA public relations officer Maureen Vida said last week’s vaccinations were a success.

“We had an amazing response last week,” she said.

Over 200 dogs and cats were vaccinated at the clinic last week and Vida said she was optimistic that the number would increase.

There are plans to take the services to Sobantu and other areas if there is more demand. There is a R10 charge per vaccination.

“More cases of rabies have been reported and people are panicking,” Vida said.

Last week, Underberg farmer and top canoeist Graeme Anderson died after being diagnosed with rabies five weeks ago.

Anderson was be the third casualty of an outbreak of rabies in KwaZulu-Natal since the beginning of the year.

In April eight-year-old Snethemba Hlongwane, of Bergville, died after his family dog bit him.

Clementia Cele (52), of Engonyameni outside Umlazi, died last month. Officials believe she was infected by the deadly viral disease.

Agriculture and Environment MEC Meshack Radebe announced that the United Nations World Health Organisation had granted R15 million for the vaccinations, along with an awareness campaign.

He said more than 300 000 dogs in KwaZulu-Natal would receive rabies vaccinations.

Almost a third of the dogs examined in the province this year — 107 out of 350 — have tested positive for rabies.

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