Boy in serious condition after rabies bite

2012-06-30 15:07

Johannesburg - A 4-year-old boy in KwaZulu-Natal remains in a serious condition after he was bitten by dog infected with rabies, said the provincial department of environmental affairs on Saturday.

"We believe he was bitten by two separate dogs," spokesperson Jeffrey Zikhali said.

The department said it believed the boy was bitten in April in the Umlazi area. He now remained in Durban's Prince Mshiyeni Memorial hospital.

"The department picked up those two dogs and they both tested positive for rabies. The boy has been tested for rabies using saliva tests, a biopsy and a spinal cord tests, but the boy remains negative... but results are for some medical reason sometimes negative."

He said the boy was on a feeding tube and they were keeping their fingers crossed as this was the fourth infection this year.

A campaign to fight rabies has seen over 200 000 dogs vaccinated against the disease.

"We have got a huge campaign in the province and we were boosted by a R16m donation from the World Health Organisation. Since the middle of May we have vaccinated about 200 000 dogs," he said.

Three people have died of rabies in the province this year.

Underberg farmer Graeme Anderson, aged 29, died earlier this month after an abrasion on his hand was licked by a rabid dog.

A 52-year-old woman from Durban was bitten by a neighbour's dog in March and died in May after exhibiting rabies symptoms. And 8-year-old boy from Bergville died in May after being bitten by their family dog the month before.

  • Msika - 2012-06-30 15:35

    Oh no, not again!! Get well soon young man.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-06-30 16:22

    I am going to say something that you may not like. But a great many people really don't know what life is like in the townships. Children are allowed to run wild and are not disciplined by their parents, most parents must work and the little ones are left alone during the day, The dogs are allowed to run wild as well and not innoculated against Rabies So what do you get when you put two and two together. Over population of dogs, and over population of humans and the ignorance of what Rabies can do to you or your child. They need to have someone go tell them what this disease is about and that there is no cure.

      Nick - 2012-06-30 16:27

      Carolyn-so what is it that people won't like? you are quite right and straightforward, these are the harsh realities and it's only education that will get us out of this mess.

      Pixie86 - 2012-06-30 16:35

      no carolyn, you paint a picture of wild children roaming the streets in the townships, insinuating that there is a lack of child discipline among black people, when a black child will never be caught backchatting their parents like their white counter parts. The point is, in townships, people aren't properly informed about innoculations of dogs therefore dogs will get rabies. Plus you act like rabies can only be found in townships, but seriously what you're in fact doing is undermining people.

  • Vuyisanani Mrwetyana - 2012-06-30 21:12

    wow, Msika....for a change someone intelligent enough to be relevant!! hope the boy gets well soon!

  • sasekile - 2012-06-30 21:33

    Speedy recovery

  • Digger - 2012-07-01 01:37

    @ Pixie86, You are a perfect example of what’s wrong with SA. Everyone trying to be politically correct and avoiding the root cause of many of our problems. We will never, never change or improve anything if we don't address the real cause of a problem honestly. So go ahead painting your own little picture, but the fact still remains and these children are still left in their unacceptable situation.

  • danielle.toerien.santo - 2012-07-03 11:35

    Just to remind you that 2 of the people whom already died because of rabies are not from locations/townships. It happens everywhere! The problem is that we as humans are not doing enough to make sure our pets are healthy and cared for! Take your animal to the vet and get them innoculated, they can have the injection once a year for rabies.

  • dianne.neyt - 2012-07-05 11:08

    Sending thoughts and prayers for a full recovery.

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