Officials with the KwaZulu-Natal agriculture and rural development department report that two children tragically died from rabies and the department warned that a new spike in rabies had been picked up along the KwaZulu-Natal coastline, according to a Times Live report.


Departmental spokesman Khaye Nkwanyana said the cases had been detected in Durban‚ on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast‚ and Empangeni and Richards Bay areas.

A rabies vaccination drive began last October and officials are trying to cover all the province.

Avoid strange animals, including dogs and cats, and seek medical attention you receive a bite or a scratch, no matter how minimal, officials advise.

Rabies is an acute viral infection that is transmitted to humans or other mammals usually through the saliva from a bite of an infected animal. It is also rarely contracted through breaks in the skin or contact with mucous membranes.

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According to the Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, all mammals are susceptible to rabies.