Update: Two people die from rabies in eastern Kavango

29 Aug 2013 11:20
UPDATE: Two people die from rabies in eastern Kavango
(Adds vaccination campaign details)

NYANGANA, 29 AUG (NAMPA) - Two people have died from rabies in the eastern Kavango region over the last two months, prompting the Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS) to embark on a vaccination campaign in the area.
The cases were reported at the Nyangana District Hospital, with the incidents occurring at the Shambungu village, situated some 160 kilometres east of Rundu.
The Nyangana District Hospital’s Health Inspector, Getrude Mbambo confirmed the cases, but could not provide details on the deceased as she is not allowed to release the particulars of patients.
The vaccination campaign will start in the Kavango East region on 02 September and will run for the whole week before it moves over to the Kavango west Region. Rundu residents have been advised to approach the nearest veterinary office for assistance.
Rundu State veterinarian Dr Thompson Shuro also confirmed the rabies’ cases to Nampa on Thursday, saying the deaths occurred sometime between July and 13 August.
“The DVS will run a vaccination campaign consisting of four teams, targetting over 31 communities in the eastern Kavango region,” he explained.
Dr Shuro cautioned dog owners whose dogs had not been vaccinated against the disease to bring them in so as to avoid further losses of lives.
Rabies is a deadly, infectious disease which attacks the central nervous system of animals and people.
Its symptoms in dogs include salivating and a change in behaviour where the dog becomes aggressive, while in human beings symptoms include fatigue, anxiety and sweating.