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WC residents urged to be vigilant amid rabies scare

The Western Cape government has urged residents to be cautious after three confirmed cases of rabies in the province.

Two bat-eared foxes and a cow tested positive for the disease on the West Coast and individuals who shared contact with the infected animals were kept under observation and received vaccinations.

Agriculture MEC Alan Winde says that residents should be vigilant of pets behaviour and stay away from wild animals.

People should always be vigilant, rabies is a very serious issue. But it's not unusual, we pick up cases every year.

Alan Winde, Agriculture MEC

Winde explains that not many cases of animal-to-human transmission are often reported, adding that rabies cases are not uncommon in the province,

He has advised anyone who has been in contact with an infected animal to seek medical care immediately.

Rabies is transmitted to humans from infected animals through bodily fluids and can cause inflammation of the brain.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

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