Source: SABC News (Extract)
Posted: May 31, 2024

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture has confirmed a case of rabies in a pet dog from the Capri area in Cape Town’s Southern Peninsula.

Dr. Vivien Malan, State Veterinarian, reported that both the infected dog and a younger canine from the same household, which sustained an injury, were euthanized as a humane measure.

The source of the infection remains unclear, as neither of the household dogs had recently traveled outside the province.

Dr. Malan emphasizes the gravity of rabies, highlighting its 100% fatality rate if symptoms manifest. Prevention is achievable through vaccination for both dogs and cats. Local animal welfare organizations, private veterinary practices, and Western Cape veterinary services will conduct vaccination campaigns in the outbreak-affected area.