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Bulacan intensifies drive against rabies
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
CITY OF MALOLOS — The Provincial Government of Bulacan (PGB) has stepped up on its campaign to eradicate deaths caused by animal bites or rabies by providing free anti-rabies vaccinations to cats and dogs in every barangays in the province.

Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Voltaire Basinang said the PGB headed by Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado and Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando has launched a province-wide anti-rabies program dubbed as “Aso ay alagaan upang Rabis ay maiwasan”.

Basinang said that PVO has so far conducted vaccination on animals in the towns of Pandi, Guiguinto, Bustos, Baliwag, Calumpit, San Rafael, San Miguel and in the cities of San Jose del Monte, Malolos and Meucauayan where some 21,753 dogs were injected with anti-rabies vaccines.

Moreover, the Provincial Rabies Control Board is actively gathering data on the number of cats and dogs already injected with the anti-rabies vaccines.Aside from this, local and barangay units are also enforcing Provincial Ordinance No. 078-T’08, requiringdesignated teams to catch stray animals, impose fines and penalties and prevent the spread of rabies both to humans and animals.

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 animal-carrying 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 the 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, cities of San Jose del Monte and Malolos.
Now that summer vacation is near, animal bite incidents is expected to increase that is why everyone is advised to be vigilant and responsible.

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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