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Limpopo rabies outbreak - 2 in hospital

2012-02-22 17:45

Johannesburg - Two people were hospitalised after an outbreak of rabies in the Waterberg and Capricorn districts of Limpopo, the department of health said on Wednesday.

"There are only two confirmed cases, so it's not widespread," provincial health spokesperson Joe Maila said.

He said the virus was most likely passed on by infected cattle in the Gillemburg area outside Mokopane.

"The infected people are in hospital. They are responding well to treatment."

Maila said the health and agriculture departments were working together to deal with the disease.

The two departments were going around in the area to ensure residents understood what symptoms to look out for.

Farmers in the area were also advised to immediately vaccinate their cattle against rabies.

Comments
  • Wendy - 2012-02-22 18:18

    This is rubbish reporting. If two people are confirmed cases then they must have been showing symptoms in which case they will die. Only one person in the world has survived once she showed symptoms and that was a 14 year old girl in USA. Her doctors put her into an artificial coma and virtually froze her body. I am sure state hospitals do not have the facilities to do this. Rabies is a very serious disease anyone who is bitten or had saliva contact with a rabid animal must start a course of 5 injections within 24 hours to stand a chance of surviving. Once they show symptoms it is too late.

      Karen - 2012-02-22 18:27

      Hi there Wendy - and not only that - if they have never been vaccinated against Rabies before, then they HAVE to get RIG as well as the PEP injections per the World Health Organisation guidelines. This article seems to convey that all one needs to do is wash one's hands. Rabies is fatal unless the WHO treatment protocol is followed within the given time frame of 5 days after contact with a rabid animal.

      Elemental777 - 2012-02-22 21:00

      @karen This sounds very similiar to a certain Beetroot and garlic remedy approach

      celeste.rsa - 2012-02-23 08:32

      Quite correct, Wendy. She is the only survivor. They tried that artificial coma elsewhere (Philippines, if I remember correctly) and it did not work, the patients died.

  • Tamarin - 2012-02-23 07:37

    looks like SA's going to be on te map for having two new survivors of rabies.

  • George - 2012-02-23 08:21

    Sorry Julase (sic) You gonna have to be put down

      John - 2012-02-23 09:54

      Was just about to report him. He has the all symptoms.

  • John - 2012-02-23 09:53

    Rabies...thats bad I just want to know which Hospital in Limpopo, becouse according to previous reports from the region even bandiges are not left there....

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