Bicol has second-highest number of rabies cases in PH
|Bicol has second-highest number of rabies cases in PH|
The region has 20 registered cases of the infection, which is slightly lower than Central Luzon, which recorded 23.
Rabies is a human infection that occurs after a transdermal bite or scratch by an infected animal, like dogs and cats. It can be transmitted when infectious material, usually saliva, comes into direct contact with a victim’s fresh skin lesions. Rabies may also occur, though in very rare cases, through inhalation of virus-containing spray or through organ transplants.
Rabies, according to the DOH, is considered to be a neglected disease, which is 100% fatal though 100% preventable. It is not among the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in the country but it is regarded as a significant public health problem.
To prevent the spread of rabies, the DOH reminded pet owners across the nation to have their pets vaccinated.
DOH aims to declare the Philippines rabies-free by 2020 with the aid of activities such as health education, Provision of Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) to all Animal Bite Treatment Centers (ABTCs), Establishment of ABTCs by Inter-Local Health Zone, Provision of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to high risk individuals and school children in high incidence zones, advocacy, training and capability-building, and joint evaluation.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM