Tutume Experiences Rabies Outbreak

| January 19, 2015

Farmers have been urged to be vigilant when handling their domestic animals as there is an outbreak of Rabies in Tutume Sub-district.

The cases were reported at Nkange and Maitengwe recently and had affected people who came in contact with an affected goat.

Dr Tshenolo Pebe of the Department of Animal Health and Production said the disease was detected in goats, which was odd as it is usually dogs and cats that are affected.

He said this during a head of departments (HODs) meeting with Nkange MP, Mr Edwin Batshu recently. He said the affected people had been given treatment and further explained that the affected goats showed strange signs of madness and attacked people, with saliva dripping from its mouth.

The animal died after seven days. Dr Pebe also urged farmers to be cautious about the behaviour of their animals and report any strange behaviour to veterinary officers nearer to their areas and not to eat meat from that animal or touch anything from it.

He said they are touring the district to sensitise farmers about the outbreak of the disease and vaccinate the affected animals against the disease.

The purpose of the meeting was to get feedback from HODs concerning issues raised during recent kgotla meetings addressed by MP Batshu in his constituency.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Medical/Health Care

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