The Western Cape Department of Agriculture Veterinary Services has confirmed that they received laboratory results on Monday confirming rabies in two dogs in Khayelitsha.
Authorities have warned pet owners to be extra-vigilant, as the disease is easily transmissible between animals and humans.
Investigations are currently underway to determine the source of the outbreak.
Western Cape MEC of Agriculture Ivan Meyer said that a vaccination drive has begun in the region, in the hope of preventing further cases from springing up elsewhere.
“Animal Health Technicians began vaccinating dogs and cats in the area yesterday. We’re working closely with the welfare organisations and medical to check on contacts and anyone who may have been bitten and need treatment.”
“If you suspect that you have had contact with a rabid animal, getting preventative treatment as soon as possible saves your life. The sooner you receive treatment, the better you will be protected against rabies,” Meyer said.