Commemorating World Rabies Day through vaccination

2018-10-10 06:04
iLembe mayor Siduduzo Gumede, together with officials, medicates a resident’s dog on World Rabies Day.PHOTO: supplied

iLembe mayor Siduduzo Gumede, together with officials, medicates a resident’s dog on World Rabies Day.PHOTO: supplied

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ILEMBE District Municipality Mayor Siduduzo Gumede, in partnership with the Department of Health, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, commemorated annual Rabies Day on Friday at KwaDukuza’s Sadtu Park. This year’s theme was “Share the message. Save a life”.

World Rabies Day is annually recognised in September to raise awareness about rabies prevention and to highlight progress in defeating the disease.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), rabies is a zoonotic disease (a disease that is transmitted from animals to humans), caused by the rabies virus, of the Lyssavirus genus within the family Rhabdoviridae.

Domestic dogs are the most common reservoir of the virus, with more than 99% of human deaths caused by dog-mediated rabies.

The programme started with rabies awareness and was followed by vaccination of pets from ward 19 residents.

Gumede assisted with the vaccinations and urged pet owners to take care of their animals.

“Pets must be vaccinated each and every year.

“Hopefully this campaign will go as far as Maphumulo and Ndwedwe.

“People must not allow their pets to roam the streets. Rabies can only be prevented, not treated, and rabies is almost always fatal once a pet or you are infected,” said Gumede.

Gumede also requested people to take rabies seriously and spread the message.


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