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Vet identifies 13 high risk
rabies areas in Neg. Occ.


The Provincial Veterinary Office identified 13 local government unitas high-risk areas for rabies in Negros Occidental this year.

Dr. Ryan Janoya, PVO Animal Health and Inspection Services Division head, said yesterday that these areas have higher risks of having rabies cases, especially because summer has come and more are recorded during this season.

Among the local government units that are considered high-risk areas are the cities of Himamaylan, Kabankalan, Bago, Talisay, Silay, Bacolod, and Victorias, and the towns of Candoni, Ilog, Isabela, Pontevedra, Murcia, and E.B. Magalona.

Apart from the 13 LGUs, other towns and cities, except Escalante City are medium-level risk areas in the province.

Escalante has a low risk of having rabies cases, the record showed.

Janoya said that last monththey distributed 80,000 doses of rabies vaccine to all LGUs of the province that came from the Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Animal Industry.

He said this will benefit 80,000 dogs in the province and they are still waiting for more as BAI pledged 17,500 vials of vaccine to the province.

One vial is equivalent to 10 doses of rabies vaccine.

The record also showed that, as of December 2017, there has been a total of 256,632 dogs in Neg. Occ. and PVO aims to vaccine 70 percent of the total population before June this year, Janoya said.

Last year, they vaccinated 90 percent of the total dog population, he added.

The record also showed that there were 22 cases of rabies cases reported last year and they hope to reduce that through the Oplan Rabies Elimination in Dogs (Oplan RED) program.

As the PVO observesMarch as the Rabies Awareness month, a dogwalk against rabies will be conducted Friday in Bacolod City, Janoya also said.

"We are now campaigning for more dogs to be vaccinated this year to lessen the cases of rabies in the province," he said.

Last year, Negros Occidental ranked ninth among the provinces in the country with the highest laboratory confirmed rabies cases from the BAI.

BAI 2017 records show that the province of Pampanga ranked number one with 75 out of 382 dogs tested, followed by Pangasinan with 71 of 235 and Cebu with 63 of 204. But in terms of positivity percentage Negros Occidental ranked first with 65.6 percent.

Other provinces included in the ranking were South Cotabato, Misamis Oriental, Bataan, Bulacan, Cavite, Iloilo, Laguna and Rizal.*MLG


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