The Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) would like to inform the public of an outbreak of Rabies in the Cradle of Humankind area. The outbreak was first diagnosed in five (5) jackals between the 26th of June and the 5th of July 2021.
Rabies is an infectious neurological disease affecting the brain and is almost always fatal to both people and animals. There is no treatment once a person has developed clinical signs. Symptoms vary widely and include behavioural changes, aggressiveness, and paralysis. Symptoms can occur from 7 days to 6 months after being infected with the virus.