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Dog-bite victim in Mt. Province dies of rabies


Mt. Province, Philippines – An individual in Mountain Province recently died of rabies three months after getting bitten by a dog, a health official announced on April 18, 2023.


Rabies is a fatal disease that attacks the central nervous system, killing an average of 200 – 300 Filipinos every year as stated by the Department of Health.

Dr. Annie Claire Pekas, Provincial Health Officer II of Mt. Province, urged the people who have been in contact with the deceased to have themselves vaccinated at the Animal Bite Treatment Center at Bontoc General Hospital.


“Remember, the only and most effective time for the vaccine to work is before having symptoms,” she emphasized.


To those who have been bitten by an animal, the provincial health officer advised them to immediately wash the bitten part with water and soap for at least 10 minutes. They should also apply wound antiseptics afterward and then consult to the nearest animal bite center for a post-exposure vaccination.


Pekas also reminded pet owners to have their pets vaccinated against rabies every year.


It could be recalled that in January this year, 3 samples from Mountain Province turned out positive for rabies. This was confirmed by the Department of Agriculture Cordillera - Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.


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