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Rabies kills 7 in 2018


The Provincial Veterinary Office is implementing an action plan to attain zero rabies cases in Negros Occidental this year, following the increase of rabies cases among dogs that left seven human deaths in 2018.

To control the increase of cases early this year, PVO began implementing the Rabies Control Action Plan in all its district offices across the province since last week, Provincial Veterinarian Dr. RenanteDecena said yesterday.

There were 33 canine cases last year, an increase of 50 percent compared to 2017 with 22 cases, with seven human deaths in Hinoba-an-2, Himamaylan - 2, Sagay - 1, Ilog - 1, and in Salvador Benedicto - 1, which they just verified with the Department of Health yesterday, Decena said.

There were nine deaths in 2017, he said, where Cauayan had 3, Himamaylan - 2, Ilog - 2, Kabankalan, San Carlos, and Murcia - 1 each.

So, with the action plan being implemented in the province, the priority are areas with high rabies cases, particularly in districts 5 and 6, Decena said.

Decena has already disseminated a memorandum to all PVO district offices to implement the action plan.

The PVO is conducting a rabies vaccine inventory to identify the number of vaccines per district, updating data on the dog population in the province, formulatinga risk-based map for rabies and a vaccination plan.

The PVO is also organizing a responsible dog owners club, and implementing dog vaccination programs, stray dog population control, and information and education campaign, from in January to June this year, Decena said.

Last year, the population of dogs in Neg. Occ. was 261,721, about 30,000 higher than 232,395 in 2017. Decena said that this might increase by 50,000 more this year.

PVO has also advised Negrenses to be responsible dog owners by giving their pets vaccinations and proper care.*


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