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11,303 individuals bitten by animals in Baguio City from 2019-2021


Baguio City, Philippines – Cases of animal bites in Baguio City have increased for the past three years, with 11,303 cases documented from 2019 to 2021.


In a press release by Baguio City Public Information Office, Dr. Khecy Colas of the City Health Office- Animal Bite Treatment Center (CHSO-ABTC) reported that from said cases, 9,201 were bitten by dogs; 1,963 by cats; and 23 by monkeys and pigs.

Data revealed that the majority of the people who got bitten by animals in Baguio were residents of the city, with 11,009 cases, while the other 294 victims were transients.


Colas said they recorded 4,219 incidents in 2021, which is considered the year with most animal bite cases, compared to 3,278 in 2019 and 3,806 in 2020.


Fortunately, no human mortality due to rabies has been reported in the city for the past four years.

Meanwhile, in a separate report of Baguio PIO, Dr. Gladys Bantog mentioned that they aim to jab 40,000 dogs and cats with anti-rabies this year. Also, Dr. Gladys Bantog calls for pet owners to register their dogs and avail of the vaccination.


According to the data of the Department of Health, there is a total of 1.1 million cases of dog bites from 2014 to 2018 in the Philippines wherein 42% of the victims are below 15 years old.


Additionally, there were 276 individuals who died after getting bit by an animal with rabies in 2018.


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