EThekwini Municipality’s Health Unit would like to alert residents of Folweni, South of Durban about stray dogs that could be infected with rabies in the area.

This follows an incident last Wednesday (27/02/13) where four people were bitten by a stray dog which later tested positive for rabies.
 
Deputy Head of Communicable Diseases Services in the City’s Health Unit, Dr Ayo Olowolagba said the dog was cornered by members of the community who stoned it to death.

“The dog was tested at the lab and the results came back positive for rabies. The dog was then taken to National Institute of Communicable Diseases for more analysis and the Department is still awaiting the results and further actions will depend on the outcome of the results,” said Dr Olowolagba.
 
The dog-bite victims received treatment at Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital and then referred to their nearest clinic for further continuation of care.

Olowolagba said community mobilisation campaigns will be conducted in the affected areas including schools to educate the public about the importance of vaccinating their dogs.

He emphasised that pet owners had a responsibility to take their animals to a veterinarian once a year for a checkup and vaccination.
 
“We will also inform the public about what to do next when bitten by a dog suspected to have rabies such as how to get proper health care help. Pamphlets that contain all the information will be distributed on site,” added Dr Olowolagba.
 
For more information please contact Thabo Mofokeng on 031 311 4820/ 0827317456 or email: thabo1.mofokeng@durban.gov.za.
Issued by the eThekwini Municipality's Communications Unit. Contact Sane Shandu on 031 311 4806/072 572 8658 or email: sanelisiwe.shandu@durban.gov.za