Rabies Alert: Rabies at Langebaan

Rabies Alert: Rabies at Langebaan - Southern Africa : We've received notoification from the State Veterinarian in Malmesbury that three cases of rabies were identified in the Langebaan Area recently. Please regard any strangely behaving animals with necessary caution, and report them to the Park.

Rabies at Langebaan. Please regard any strangely behaving animals with necessary caution, and report them to the Park.

If bitten by any mammal please get medical attention immediately. The communication below is not correct, but the treatment is not pleasant and must be administered immediately. Once symptoms express there is no cure and virtually no chance of survival.

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Dear Colleagues

I just received a call from the State Veterinarian in Malmesbury to inform us that three cases of rabies were identified in the Langebaan Area within the last week or so. All the cases involved bat-eared foxes (they are the main carriers of rabies). Please take note of this warning and be mindful when you have to handle any wild predator animal, especially if the animal act strangely. Stray dogs and cats must also be handled very carefully.

If you find/see any wild predators or stray animals that act in a strange, abnormal manner, rather inform your nearest State Veterinarian and do not try to capture or handle the animal yourself. If you are bitten by a rabid animal, there is no cure!!

Attached please find a booklet on rabies (I have circulated it previously) which you can read for more information.

Kind regards

Jaco van Deventer
Program Manager: Wildlife Management
Cape Nature

11 Sep 2015
Tony Rebelo