South Africa reports 11th human rabies case in 2022


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South African health authorities have reported a confirmed case of human rabies this year in a child from the municipality of the city of Buffalo near the eastern coast of the Eastern Cape province.

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The nine-year-old fell ill with rabies at a hospital in East London, on September 27, 2022 and died the next day. The child developed fever, malaise, nausea, headache, vomiting, seizures, confusion, salivation, aggressiveness, hyperactivity, severe swelling of the brain and general congestion before death.

A post-mortem brain sample confirmed rabies by direct detection of fluorescent antibodies on October 7, 2022. The child stayed with his family on a farm in Mdantsane, and although the child had abrasions on his upper right limbs and side walls of the chest, there was no accident An animal identifier has been called.

A total of 11 human rabies cases have been confirmed in South Africa for 2022 to date. These cases were reported from the following provinces: Eastern Cape (n = 6), Limpopo (n = 3) and KwaZulu-Natal (n = 2). Additionally, five probable cases of rabies have been reported in the Eastern Cape.

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