WC confirms three cases of rabies

Two bat-eared foxes and a cow have tested positively for the disease on the West Coast recently.

FILE: People who have been in contact with the cow are currently being monitored. Picture: freeimages.com

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape government has urged residents to be cautious after three confirmed cases of rabies in the province.

Two bat-eared foxes and a cow have tested positively for the disease on the West Coast recently.

People who have been in contact with the cow are currently being monitored.

Rabies is transmitted to humans from infected animals through bodily fluids and can cause inflammation of the brain.

Agriculture MEC Alan Winde has advised anyone who has been in contact with an infected animal to seek medical care immediately

"It's a sign for people to be vigilant, this is something that happens every now and then. If you see your pets are getting more aggressive, have them tested. We run programmes, specifically in pooper areas when inoculation is expensive."