Govt takes action against deadly disease

2011-02-02 11:27

Johannesburg - The government will start vaccinating livestock against Rift Valley Fever in Kei Mouth and Haga Haga in the Eastern Cape this week, The Dispatch Online reported on Wednesday.

"This was revealed to the Dispatch on Monday by Dr Cebisa Mnqeta, a senior manager in the Eastern Cape Veterinary Services, after an outbreak of the deadly disease was confirmed last week," the news website said.

Officials from the Amathole district municipality and the department of agriculture met farmers on Tuesday to discuss issues surrounding the disease.

"There are fears that uninformed community members may handle infected livestock, thereby transmitting the disease from animals to humans," the Dispatch reported.

The disease is a viral zoonosis, which means it is an animal disease which can be transmitted to humans.

Symptoms of the disease in humans are flu-like fever, muscle pain, joint pain and headaches, neck stiffness, sensitivity to light, loss of appetite and vomiting. It currently has no treatment and can result in death.

In most cases the symptoms usually last from four to seven days, after which the immune response kicks in with antibodies and the virus gradually disappears from the blood.

An outbreak can be triggered by heavy and persistent rains or flooding.

  • Darwinian - 2011-02-02 11:31

    Govt takes action..... hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • Melly30 - 2011-02-02 12:35

    This is a first... But still a crock of shit!

  • nixcroft - 2011-02-02 13:23

    heavy rains or flooding causes an outbreak ? bullshit. It transmitted by mosquitoes. So with all this heavy rains this season where is the malaria outbreak ???? Same insect... News24 : Your journalism and total idiocy is getting a bit much... Yes i know more water = more mosquitoes, but that doesn't need to cause an outbreak...why have they waited for the first cases to appear ? They should have started immunizations long ago... but that is government for you (any government anywhere ) ...they react.... they aren't proactive. Spend 5 Billion afterward instead of 1 billion before...

  • jayt612 - 2011-02-02 13:51

    Colloidal Silver Shalom

  • KlipinnieBos - 2011-02-02 18:11

    Who got the tender for the vaccine? At R100 per vaccine, assuming you buy 50 000, it cost the taxpayer R5mill! To vaccine even 5000 cattle you need cattle-handling facilities, vets, etc, at another R500 per hour......add traveling to remote Eastern Cape regions......This is more than R10mill contract!

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