Rabies Alert Issued In Gauteng
Rabies Alert Issued In Gauteng: Rabies is a viral disease that causes acute inflammation of the brain in humans and other mammals. Early symptoms can include fever and tingling at the site of exposure. These symptoms are followed by one or more of the following symptoms: violent movements, uncontrolled excitement, fear of water, an inability to move parts of the body, confusion, and loss of consciousness.Once symptoms appear, the result is nearly always death. The time period between contracting the disease and the start of symptoms is usually one to three months; however, this time period can vary from less than one week to more than one year. The time is dependent on the distance the virus must travel to reach the central nervous system. “Any animal that does not have a complete record of rabies vaccinations could be an infection risk and members of the public should think twice before approaching any animal which is not known to them, as it may carry this life-threatening disease,” warns Dr Pete Vincent of Netcare Travel Clinics and Medicross Tokai Family Medical and Dental Centre.
“While Gauteng has not historically been a rabies hot spot, the recent discovery of jackals with rabies is a reminder to all to ensure our pets are regularly vaccinated against the virus. Mongooses are some of the most common hosts of the virus and these small mammals frequently visit domestic gardens, where they could potentially infect domestic pets.” The confirmation of several cases of rabid animals in Lanseria and Muldersdrift, the public is advised to remain vigilant against rabies.