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South Africa reports two human rabies cases within two months in 2021

Monday, April 12, 2021

The South Africa National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reports two human rabies cases of 2021 from KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo Province in February and March 2021, respectively. Sadly, both victims were children 2 and 7 years of age and had a clear history of biting incident with a local dog. In case of the 2-year-old boy, despite a sustained injury on his head while playing with a dog reportedly no rabies PEP was administered, when the child was admitted to hospital. The boy suffered from typical symptoms of rabies and died soon. In the other case, the 7-year-old boy already showed clinical symptoms of rabies when he was admitted to hospital. Rabies was laboratory confirmed on saliva samples using RT-PCR.

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