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Ilocos Sur administers widespread anti-rabies immunization

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The Ilocos Sur Provincial Veterinary Office (PVet) has started deploying vaccinators in various regions of the province to guarantee all canines get anti-rabies injections.

The Anti-Rabies Act of 2007’s Republic Act 9482, which mandates rabies prevention and control, is supported by the local government unit’s increased efforts to vaccinate dogs, according to PVet chief Dr. Donna Mae Rosario on Wednesday.

“In order to vaccinate more dogs in Ilocos Sur, we are going house to house. People who are close to our office are welcome to stop by as well, and we will accommodate them according to the order in which they arrive, she said in a phone interview.

In Narvacan town, for example, the PVet turned over anti-rabies vaccines on Tuesday to speed up the vaccination of at least 1,000 dogs in Barangays Maroso, Estancia, Codoog and Sarmingan, respectively.

Rosario urged pet owners to exercise responsibility and make sure that their animals are protected from stressful situations, such as exposure to sweltering sun or 24-hour cage confinement.

The huge dog vaccination in Ilocos Sur is among the services of the PVet in partnership with the numerous municipal agriculture offices in the province to prevent the spread of rabies.

Previously, the PVet has recorded rabies cases in the towns of Caoayan, San Vicente, and Cabugao.

According to records from the National Rabies Prevention and Control program, 300 to 600 Filipinos die from rabies each year.

Rabies is a viral disease that causes acute inflammation of the brain in humans and warm-blooded animals, with dogs being the most commonly involved.

Early warning signs may include fever and tingling at the bite site. These symptoms are typically followed by violent excitement, a fear of water, paralysis in some body parts, or loss of consciousness.

The disease typically manifests one to three months after the bite and is nearly always fatal once symptoms appear.


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