Rabies in Congo


Prepared by TMA member Toowoomba/Brookwater

In August 2013, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF/Doctors Without Borders) started a rabies intervention in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo after an alarming number of people were bitten by rabid dogs, and at least 10 people died. Doctors will provide PEP to people bitten or scratched by a suspected rabid dog in the Lemera region in the province of South Kivu this hyperlink.

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MSF teams struggle to help in an isolated area of South Kivu

After decades of conflict and instability in the Democratic Republic of Congo, measures to control canine rabies have not been implemented, and data on the size of the problem is simply not available.

“The current rabies situation now affecting humans in Lemera is exceptional and must be urgently addressed,” said Dr Jantina Mandelkow, who is leading the MSF team. “We’re doing all we can but we urge others to recognise the severity of the situation and commit resources to its containment and resolution.”

– See more at: http://rabiesalliance.org/media/news/rabies-control-measures-implemented-in-dr-congo#sthash.8vJCL33A.dpuf

MSF teams struggle to help in an isolated area of South Kivu

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