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Rabies case confirmed in Gordon’s bay

Dr. Vivien Malan, chief state veterinary has urged pet owners to come forward if their dog was in contact with a stray medium-sized brown dog in the area.
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Rabies case confirmed in Gordon's bay

A rabies case has been detected in the residential area of Gordon’s Bay.

The Boland State Veterinarian’s office has confirmed that the case was identified at a private clinic.

A local veterinarian who treated the animal was bitten in the process, however the vet has since received post-exposure treatment and will continue to receive treatment from the provincial health department.

Officials suspect that the dog may have been attacked by a stray rabid dog last month.

Dr. Vivien Malan, chief state veterinary has urged pet owners to come forward if their dog was in contact with a stray medium-sized brown dog in the area.

“There is a history of a dog that wandered the streets around that area, Lancaster Road. This particular dog was attacked twice by this roaming dog at the beginning of September. That’s the only explainable link at the moment.”

“The concern is that there may be other cases. If that [roaming] dog had rabies, the chances of it being alive at this point in time are very slim, but clearly, it could have bitten other animals,” said Dr. Vivien Malan while speaking on Cape Talk.

Pet owners have been urged to contact the Boland State Veterinarian’s office on 021 808 5253 should they be concerned about the possible exposure of their animals.

Meanwhile, there are planned rabies vaccination drives in the Gordon’s Bay area on Monday 11 October at the field on Octopus Road, on Tuesday 12 October at the field on Hibiscus Avenue, and on Wednesday 13 October at the Gordon’s Bay Sports Ground.

 

 

 

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