In a follow-up on the rabies situation in South Africa this year, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) reports a laboratory-confirmed human rabies case reported from Eastern Cape Province on 22 November 2022.
A seven-year-old girl from Ncera village, East London, in the Buffalo City Municipality, was pronounced dead on arrival at an East London hospital.
Prior to her death, she suffered from nausea, vomiting, malaise, and headache for a few days. Post-mortem investigations found cerebral and pulmonary edema. A brain sample tested positive for rabies. There was no recorded history of a dog bite in this patient.
As of 23 November 2022, South Africa’s cumulative total of laboratory-confirmed human rabies
cases for the year is 12. The affected provinces are Eastern Cape (n=7), Limpopo (n=3), and KwaZulu-Natal (n=2). In addition, there have been five probable cases identified in Eastern Cape Province.
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