oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - National Guidelines at a glance : rabies : review

Volume 76, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



The Department of Health and the National Rabies Advisory Committee published guidelines in 1997 for the medical management of rabies in South Africa; these have been endorsed by the Medical Association of South Africa. These guidelines are intended to serve as a clear and practical guide for those involved in rabies management. Generally, there was a perceived need to improve awareness of rabies, which could then improve suspicion of infection rates, timeous diagnosis and appropriate treatment. An updated guideline was published in 2002 by the national Rabies Advisory Group (RAG), which reviews advances in rabies management and control.

RAG is planning a National Rabies Week in association with World Rabies Day, celebrated on 28 September annually. Awareness activities in South Africa will take place during the week of 3-11 September, 2009 at Department of Health local clinics and in local municipalities (driven by the State Veterinary office in each area). A reprint of the 2003 rabies guideline will be distributed during this time.

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