Rabies' vaccination campaign concludes in Kavango East

18 Sep 2013 04:40
NYANGANA, 18 SEP (NAMPA) - The Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS) at Rundu says it has successfully concluded a vaccination campaign against rabies in the Kavango East Region.
The vaccination campaign, which took place over a week at the beginning of this month, was prompted by the deaths of two people caused by rabies in the eastern Kavango Region some three months ago.
The rabiesÂ’ cases were reported at the Nyangana District Hospital, with the incidents occurring at Shambungu village, situated some 160 kilometres east of Rundu.
Rundu State veterinarian Dr Thompson Shuro told Nampa on Wednesday that the campaign was conducted successfully, but statistics will only be available as from next week.
The State veterinarian said the vaccination campaign will be rolled-over to the Rundu district from next Monday before it moves to communities in the Kavango West region.
Dr Shuro thus advised residents of Rundu, which has a high concentration of dogs, to take their dogs for vaccination to the veterinary office and vaccination points so as to avoid any loss of lives.
He earlier told this news agency that the deaths caused by rabies occurred sometime between July and 13 August.
The vaccination campaign in the Kavango East Region targeted over 31 communities.
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.