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More than 37,000 dogs and cats receive free anti-rabies vaccine
By: PPAO
Friday, 15 April 2011
CITY OF MALOLOS —Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado continuously implements through the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) and Provincial Public Health Office the campaign on the prevention and control of rabies in the province.

In February, The PVO headed by Dr. Voltaire Basinang started the free anti-rabies vaccination for dogs and cats in every barangay coinciding the launching of the program “Aso ay alagaan upang Rabis ay maiwasan.”

According to the latest PVO report, their team had already visited 248 barangays from the 13 municipalities and they were able to vaccinate 37,022 dogs and cats. Said towns and cities belong to the 19 municipalities that were identified for having rabies incidents for the last three years.

“P300 ang halaga ng regular na bakuna kontra rabis sa mga hayop kaya naman malaking katipiran ito para sa ating mga kalalawigan lalo na’t buhay ang ating pinangangalagaan”, Basinang said.

Alongside the free vaccination is the conduct of information dissemination thru the distribution of fliers and dialogue with the residents in order to avoid the said disease, as well as the prohibition of stray dogs.

Earlier this year, Gov. Alvarado directed public hospitals to give free full dose of anti-rabies vaccine to every Bulakeño who has been bitten by an animal with rabies.

According to PPHO, 11,349 animal bite cases were reported last year, where 9,253 were dog bites; 1, 897 cat bites and 199 were bitten by other animals. However, 21 human rabies have been reported.

In their report, 6,005 were given initial anti-rabies vaccine, 5, 613 completed the Post Exposure Treatment and 1,048 were given ERIG.

The top ten municipalities with high animal bite cases are Hagonoy, Calumpit, San Miguel, Baliwag, Balagtas, Norzagaray, Guiguinto, San Rafael, and cities of San Jose del Monte and Malolos.

Rabies is a viral infection of animals that can be transmitted to humans. It is caused by lyssa virus of the Rhabdoviridae family, which attacks the central nervous system and is usually excreted in the saliva of an infected animal. Rabies is almost always fatal once symptoms or signs appear. ###

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