This year, most of our energy has been directed at controlling the COVID-19 pandemic. But there are many infectious diseases that are far more dangerous than COVID- 19. One of these is rabies.
Rabies is a contagious, viral zoonosis that causes damage to the brain and spinal cord, and is uniformly fatal. It affects animals and humans.
Two biotypes of rabies virus occur in Southern Africa: the canid type, which circulates in domestic dogs and other canids, and the viverrid type, which circulates in mongooses. Rabies in dogs is a preventable disease.
RABIES IN SOUTH AFRICA
Rabies is more common in domestic dogs in KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, the Free State and Limpopo, and human rabies has therefore been reported predominantly from these provinces. Over the past decade, an average of 13 human cases have been reported in South Africa each year.
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Economic Outlook 2021: Now Is The Time To Build Reserves
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The stories that got us through a tough year
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SA Harvest: fighting hunger and food waste one meal at a time
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The demand for convenient meals and easy-to-prepare vegetables is opening up marketing opportunities for the Hokkaido pumpkin, a newcomer to South Africa. Small, and with an edible peel, the variety holds much promise for expanding cucurbit cultivation. Lindi Botha spoke to Francois Steyn about farming the Hokkaido.
Expert Advice For Treating Animal Bites
Expert advice for treating animal bites
Traveling With Pets
Traveling With Pets
Get up-to-date vet records and keep them in a folder on your person; you may be asked to produce these at any time (the rabies vaccination record is an absolute must).
A retirement home in a lush estate in kwazulu-natal
Sarah Green: A Young Female Farmer's View On Livestock Farming
After qualifying as an occupational therapist at the University of Pretoria and practicing in Johannesburg for six years, 29-year-old Sarah Green moved back to the family farm, Harmony, near Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal earlier this year.
Tree Of Life
There are not many benefits to sitting 1500 kilometres away from the Cape when seemingly everyone on your social media platforms is watching the best wild flower season in a decade and you are not able to be there to witness this splendour of spring flowers and their pollinators.
THIS SEASIDE RETREAT MAKES FOR THE PERFECT SPACE TO SEEK TRANQUILLITY AND INSPIRATION
IT’S ALL GLITZ AND GLAMOUR WITH THIS MODERN ABODE
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