rabies virus

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA has recently reported a confirmed case of rabies and a second suspected case within a single household in the Capri community on the Cape Peninsula. Both dogs involved were humanely euthanized by a private veterinary practice as a precautionary measure.

We wish to reassure residents of Sea Point, Fresnaye, and Bantry Bay that this incident appears to be isolated, with no reports of rabies along the Atlantic Seaboard. Authorities, including the State Vet and the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, are actively involved in addressing the situation and ensuring it remains contained.

Understanding Rabies

Rabies is a viral disease that can be fatal, transmitted from animals to humans, primarily through bites. Less commonly, it can spread through saliva entering broken skin or mucous membranes. Given its severity, it is crucial to take preventive measures.

The Importance of Vaccination

Vaccination is the most effective method to protect both humans and animals from rabies. In South Africa, rabies vaccination for pets is compulsory under the Animal Diseases Act, Act 35 of 1984. Pets should receive their initial rabies vaccine at three months old, with a follow-up within a year, and subsequently every three years.

How to Protect Your Community

Residents can help prevent the spread of rabies by ensuring their pets are vaccinated. The Cape of Good Hope SPCA provides rabies vaccinations at no extra charge, supplied by the Department of Agriculture. Vaccinations are available at the SPCA’s animal hospital in Grassy Park and through mobile clinics. The mobile clinic schedule can be found here.

Stay Informed and Calm

While the rabies cases in Capri are concerning, they remain isolated incidents. There have been no reports of similar cases along the Atlantic Seaboard. The Cape of Good Hope SPCA, along with state authorities, are monitoring the situation closely and taking all necessary measures to prevent any spread of the disease.

For more information on rabies, its signs, and what you can do to protect your pets, please visit this link.

The overarching message to our community is clear: do not panic. Remain vigilant, ensure your pets are vaccinated, and trust that the authorities are managing the situation effectively.

Let’s work together to keep our community safe and healthy.

Stay calm, stay informed, and ensure your pets are vaccinated.

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