Fear in Mombasa over rabies outbreak

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Seven people are infected with rabies in Mombasa County after they were bitten by stray dogs.

Five of the victims were bitten at Kwa Bulo area in Bombolulu.

The other two incidences happened in Bamburi.

Mombasa County veterinary officer Chacha Mwita has raised concerns over rabies outbreak following stray dogs attacks on people.

Rabies kills around 55,000 people worldwide every year, with 40 percent of those infected under the age of 15. These tens of thousands of deaths could be easily prevented with the administration of the rabies vaccine.

Speaking to Baraka FM, Chacha says members of the public in Kwa Bulo attacked the stray dogs and killed them following the incident.

“The victims were treated at Coast General Hospital after the attack”, he revealed.

Chacha also urged the public to desist from killing the stray dogs.

“Its wrong to kill the dogs but people should inform animal’s protection society to pick them up”, he said.

He urged people keeping cats, dogs to ensure they are vaccinated.

“Mombasa County Government has enough vaccine for rabies. let people take their animals for vaccinations. Rabies has no cure and people should be very careful and ensure their animals are vaccinated”, he urged.

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