Rabies control starts in Soweto

2010-09-27 13:14

Johannesburg - An initiative to combat rabies got underway in Soweto, Johannesburg on Monday.

The vaccination campaign, aimed at curbing the spread of the highly-contagious disease that can be transmitted to humans, was launched by Gauteng Agriculture and Rural Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza.

It would be rolled out across Soweto until October 22, spokesperson Makoko Lekola said.

Several rabies cases had been confirmed recently in western and southern Johannesburg, including Eldorado and Kibler Park.

Khoza was expected to outline how her department would control the outbreak and commemorate International Rabies Day.

Soweto residents had meanwhile started making their way to the Kopanong community centre, to get their pets vaccinated for free at a mobile SPCA clinic.