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Ebonyi records 8 cases of rabies

The Ebonyi State Commissioner for Health, Dr Daniel Umezurike says a total of eight cases of rabies were recorded in the state between January and September, 2022.

Umezurike gave the figure on Wednesday during a forum tagged: ”Ebonyi Dog-Mediated Human Rabies Control Programme”, an event to mark this year’s World Rabies Day.

The with the theme: “Rabies: One Health, Zero Deaths” was organised by the state Ministry of Agricultural and Natural Resources in collaboration with the Ministries of Health and Environment as well as grant and donor Agencies.

Umezurike said five human contacts have been listed, vaccinated and currently under surveillance.

The commissioner described rabies as a viral infection spread via saliva, through a bite from a rabies-infested animal in direct contact with human fresh skin wounds.

He listed symptoms of the infection to include hyperactive and display of erratic behaviour as well as insomnia, excess salivation production and difficulty in swallowing amongst others.

The Commissioner for Agriculture, Prof Humphery Nwobashi, stressed the need for concerned authorities to come together under “one-health, zero deaths” to mitigate the risk of rabies in both humans and animals.

According to him, practices such as mass animal vaccination, vaccination of people who have had contact with rabies animals and control of stray dogs will mitigate the risk.

On his part, the Commissioner for Environment, Dr Richard Nnabu, cautioned owners of dogs to tame them as measures would be taken to prosecute such people if the dogs attack others.

Writing by Julian Osamoto; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu