HARARE, Mar. 2 — Veterinary authorities in Bindura, 100 km north
of Harare, have ordered residents of the town to lock up their dogs within
their premises following an outbreak of rabies in and around the town or
risk them being shot and killed.
No cases of human casualties have been reported in the area so far, but at
least one person reportedly died from rabies in the Midlands Province in
late January.A notice issued Wednesday by Mashonaland Central Provincial
Veterinary Officer Wilmot Chikurunhe said the dog tie-up would be effective
March 19-23 while dog vaccinations were currently underway up to Friday.
“During the tie-up period and beyond, personnel from the Veterinary
Services will conduct a 6pm to 6am operation to terminate all dogs seen on
the streets. Owners are advised to keep their dogs in fences and (security)
walls in accordance with municipal by-laws so they do not escape into the
streets,” he said. He also advised those who had challenges keeping their
dogs to surrender them to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals before the tie-up period.Rabies is a notifiable disease in Zimbabwe
and in humans is mostly transmitted through the bite of the domestic dog.
According to the law, all dogs should be vaccinated against rabies. – XINHUA