The Department of Agriculture in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) will carry out a number of anti-rabies drives from next week. This is being done in order to prevent the outbreak from spreading any further than it already has.

Seven deaths were recorded across the province within the past year as a direct result of the disease.

The department’s spokesperson, Phathisa Mfuyo, said that vaccination programmes will be held on a daily basis at different areas.

“We are in partnership with the department of health as well, and are training practitioners from the public and private sector to assist with the vaccinations,” she said.

Meanwhile, the SPCA’s Barbara Patrick said that the latest incident was reported to them when a mother and child brought in a sick puppy to their Kloof and Highway branch. The animal was euthanised and tests were conducted, with results showing positive signs of rabies.

Patrick added that anyone who is bitten or scratched by an animal which is stray or has yet to be vaccinated, should immediately seek medical attention.

“Ensure that your children are vaccinated, if they come into contact with any animal, then they are protected,” she said.

A number of operations were carried out last week by the Department of Environmental Affairs. Many happy pet-lovers took animals to get vaccinated in various areas in Chatsworth.

For any animal related emergencies, the public is urged to contact the SPCA’s emergency line on 073 335 9322.