Rabies!

Hey Guys…

there is a bit of a scare going around Gauteng with regards to rabies. Someone in our group has heard of 2 confirmed cases in the past week (near Krugersdorp).

Because of this, we are now INSISTING on all beagles to BRING their UP TO DATE VACCINATION CERTIFICATE to the JHB hunts. Especially with the larger than normal amount of fights we have been having at the hunts.

We will be implementing a “No Certificate – No Hunt policy” … please be very aware of this, and make sure all your pets are up to date with their vaccinations.

There was an article in the Sowetan about it and here is an article off

www.nicd.ac.za/pubs/communique/communique.htm

Rabies alert

Rabies was confirmed this month in two domestic dogs from separate households in Witpoortjie, an established suburb on the West Rand of Gauteng Province. One of the dogs had received a single dose of rabies vaccine as a young puppy. Neither dog had left the area prior to developing rabies. Both cases were characterised as the canid biotype of rabies virus. The source of the rabies remains unclear, but may be due to contact with a stray rabies-infected dog or undisclosed travel. While no definite human exposures were identified, a course of rabies vaccination was given to two household family members with possible category 2 exposures. An intensive dog vaccination campaign was launched by the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries. A similar incident occurred in 2009 when rabies was confirmed in a domestic dog in the Johannesburg suburb of Linden. While rabies in domestic animals in suburban areas of Johannesburg is very uncommon, these incidents highlight two important points: the need to consider rabies as a differential diagnosis in the appropriate clinical setting, as well as rabies post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for the management of all persons with animal exposures. PEP is especially important if the exposure is un¬provoked, the animal is a stray, the animal is ill or aggressive, or if the animal originates from an area where rabies is common. Thorough wound cleaning is critical, and PEP (with a course of rabies vaccine and rabies immunoglobulin into the wound) according to the national guidelines may be life-saving.

There has been a total of 6 laboratory-confirmed human rabies cases in South Africa for 2010 to date. These cases originate from Mpumalanga (n=1); KwaZulu-Natal (n=1), Eastern Cape (n=1) and Limpopo (n=3) provinces.
Source: Special Pathogens and Outbreak Response Units, NICD; Gauteng Department of Agriculture

2 Responses to “ Rabies! ”

  1. Rabies is a highly grave viral disease that affects the central nervous system of humans and mammals, particularly the carnivores. The contributory agent of rabies is Lyssavirus type 1 virus, which is a member of Rhabdoviridae –Serotype 1 family of viruses. Rabies is derived from the Sanskrit word “rabhas,” which means “to do violence.”

  2. Antonio says:

    Rabies or also known as Lyssa, Tollwut, Hydrophobia and in Indonesia known as Mad Dog is an acute viral infection and the nrevous system characterized by progressive paralysis and ends with death.

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