By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development reports 262 animal rabies cases through October 22, primarily in dogs (237).

In addition, officials confirmed that six people, mostly children, have died. Three were lab confirmed and three were diagnosed based on symptoms.

In Eastern Cape province, 153 dog rabies cases have been reported to date. 5 human rabies cases have also been reported in the province.

In South Africa, approximately 10 cases of human rabies are reported annually, largely as a result of exposure to rabid dogs.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that up to 59,000 deaths of human rabies occur annually in more than 150 countries. Most of these cases occur in Africa and Asia, primarily as a result of poor rabies prevention and control measures in communities beset by dog rabies.

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