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NICD sounds alarm over increase in human rabies cases in South Africa | News24

The NICD says rabies cases are on the rise.

  • There have been 17 laboratory confirmed human rabies cases in South Africa in 2021.
  • In the past two months, six cases have been confirmed. 
  • Majority of the cases have been in the Eastern Cape.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) is concerned by the increase in human rabies cases, with 17 cases confirmed so far this year.

On Wednesday, the NICD said that six cases of human rabies had been confirmed in the past two months, with the Eastern Cape having the most (four) while KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo recorded one case each.

“As of 23 November 2021, a total of seventeen laboratory confirmed human rabies cases have been reported in South Africa. The latter were reported from Eastern Cape (n=9), KwaZulu-Natal (n=4) and Limpopo (n=4) provinces. Although cases are reported annually in South Africa, the…

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