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Bicol has second-highest number of rabies cases in PH

MANILA—The Bicol region has the second highest number of rabies cases in the country, next to Central Luzon.
Bicol has second-highest number of rabies cases in PH
This was announced by the Department of Health today, which was designated as World Rabies Day.

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

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