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Bulacan, committed to fight rabies
By: PPAO
Thursday, 08 March 2012
CITY OF MALOLOS -In line with the observance of Rabies Awareness Month in the country this March, the Provincial Government of Bulacan headed by Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado continues to do its share in achieving a rabies-free Philippines by 2020.

The province of Bulacan remains committed to its advocacy on animal welfare and public health and safety, thus building public awareness on the prevention and control of rabies through education and vaccination.

To protect every Bulakenyo against rabies exposure, Alvarado urges the public to have their pets, especially dogs and cats, vaccinated with anti-rabies vaccines being offered free by the Provincial Veterinarian Office.

Moreover, Dr. Voltaire Basinang, provincial veterinarian, reported that more or less 20,000 dogs and cats combined have been vaccinated free since January of 2012 until present.

Dr. Basinang disclosed that the activities for the month-long celebration include ongoing free anti-rabies vaccination in the different barangays and free rabies shots during weekdays in the veterinarian office, and information dissemination in five selected elementary schools.

Rabies is a deadly disease of animals caused by a virus which is transmissible to human beings through the bites of infected animals, through contact of the saliva with an opening or wound in the skin, causing acute inflammation of the brain and the spinal cord. It can also be transmitted through aerosol transmission, faulty vaccines, and tissue and organ transplants. ###

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