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Lucas’s death drew attention to a serious problem: rabies. On Tuesday morning, Maputo City Council visited the Ferroviário neighbourhood to implement a rabies vaccination campaign. Dozens of people flocked to vaccinate their animals against the virus.
One of them is a family member of the little boy who lost his life last Sunday. She revealed that the event shocked the residents of the neighbourhood, so she decided to take her dog, Pipoca, to be vaccinated.
“I brought my dog to be vaccinated because I have a relative who was bitten by a dog. Yesterday we buried him, and also learned that there were to be vaccinations, because of people being bitten by dogs in the neighbourhood,” she explained.
Linda Chirindza, 43, said she regularly takes her dog for vaccination. ”I always do this because of rabies, it’s a killer and I’ve always been alert. Other people do not often go to get their dogs vaccinated for lack of information or because they are busy with other things,” she said.
The truth is that Lucas’s death scared Ferroviário residents.
The City Council vet explains that this neighbourhood has the most dogs, and that when you get deaths you need to vaccinate the dogs in the area.
“When we get a death from rabies, we vaccinate in the place where it occurred, because whenever there is death, there are outbreaks, which means that the rabies virus is circulating in the neighbourhood,” Deolinda Mapapa said.
The street dogs that proliferate in the city cause unease, she added.
“It is difficult to control stray dogs because they originate in peoples’ homes but because of lack of suitable conditions the owners abandon them in the street, where they reproduce even more,” she said.
Ferroviário has a large shifting population, which also means many animals, especially dogs.Source: O País