Rabies – Ghana
Fourteen individuals have been diagnosed with rabies infection in Kpone, the Municipal capital of the Kpone-Katamanso Municipality in the Greater Accra Region, Ghana after an infected dog bit five people whilst at church.
Rabies is transmitted after coming in contact with the saliva of an infected dog.
The infected persons have been given post-exposure vaccines and are currently being monitored.
The Municipal Health, and the Veterinary Directorate, Kpone, have intensified plans to deal with rabies cases and address vaccine negligence of pets.
Photo: Cat and dog playing.
Rabies is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the brain in humans and other mammals. Early symptoms can include fever and tingling at the site of exposure. These symptoms are followed by one or more of the following symptoms: violent movements, uncontrolled excitement, fear of water, an inability to move parts of the body, confusion, and ultimately loss of consciousness. Once symptoms appear, the result is nearly always death.
The time period between contracting the disease and the start of symptoms is usually one to three months, but can vary from less than one week to more than one year.
Rabies is present in more than 150 countries and on all continents but Antarctica. It is very important to have your pets vaccinated and avoid contact with wild animals.
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