Last updated on Jun 23rd, 2021 at 10:08 am

Rabies is a preventable killer

Every 10 minutes a person dies from rabies! The disease claims almost 55 000 lives each year and almost half of these victims are children under the age of 15 years. Without immediate treatment, exposure to rabies is nearly always fatal.

While rabies can be controlled in animals and prevented in humans, in South African there are up to 30 laboratory confirmed human cases of rabies annually!

How is rabies transmitted?

Rabies is transmitted mainly through a bite of an animal or through contamination of broken skin or mucous membranes with saliva from an infected animal.

What are the symptoms?

Human symptoms include headaches, fever, anxiety, muscle pains, vomiting, paralysis and hydrophobia (fear of water).

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Symptoms of rabies in animals include behavioural changes, restlessness, irritability, excitability or shyness, or â??Mad Dog Syndromeâ?? such as foaming at the mouth, growling or aggression.

Read on to find out how rabies can be prevented…

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