Rabies outbreak in 5 NegOcc areas

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Friday, May 2, 2014

THE Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) of Negros Occidental has declared a rabies outbreak in two towns and three cities in the province, including Bacolod.

Dr. Renante Decena, provincial veterinarian, said the two other cities are Cadiz and San Carlos, while the two municipalities are Binalbagan and Pulupandan.

Records of the PVO showed there are eight cases of deaths caused by bites of dogs in Negros Occidental. The cases include four in Bacolod; two in Binalbagan; and one each in Pulupundan, San Carlos City and Cadiz City.


Decena earlier said that a positive case of rabies can already be considered an outbreak.

Rabies is a human infection that occurs after a transdermal bite or scratch by an infected animal, like dogs and cats. It can be transmitted when infectious material, usually saliva, comes into direct contact with a victim’s fresh skin lesions.

The PVO chief said he will meet with the all the city and municipal veterinarians in the province to discuss the effective means of controlling the increase of rabies cases.

He also appealed to dog owners to be responsible for the pets.

"If an individual wants to own a dog, he should regularly feed it, put it in a cage so that it will not get away and bite someone or be bitten by a rabid dog," Decena said.

He added that dog owners should also be registered with the village to avail of free vaccinations.

Decena said the Provincial Government does not have enough vaccines for the dog population in the province. Of the 219,000 dogs in Negros Occidental, only 24,000 were vaccinated.

The Department of Health (DOH) said that rabies is one of the most acutely fatal infections which is responsible for the death of 200 to 300 Filipinos annually. (PNA)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 02, 2014.

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