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The South Africa National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reported an additional three confirmed human rabies cases in the past month, bringing the total in the country to date to seven.

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The latest cases were reported from Limpopo (n=2) and the Eastern Cape (n=1). In addition, two deaths from the Eastern Cape are reported as probable rabies cases; however, this could not be confirmed by laboratory testing.

the seven confirmed cases through May 20 are from Eastern Cape (n=3), Limpopo (n=3), and KwaZulu-Natal (n=1).

In addition to the confirmed cases, four probable human rabies cases are recorded from the Eastern Cape this year.

The five rabies cases reported here for the period 21 April – 20 May 2022 involved children from the ages 2 – 14. In four of these cases, dog bite histories were reported. For one case the exposure history remains unclear.

In three of the cases no rabies post-exposure prophylaxis was sought or provided and for the remaining two cases vaccination was provided with no rabies immunoglobulin.