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