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From January through June 25, there were 5% fewer rabies cases.

According to the Department of Health, Central Luzon has seen the highest incidence of rabies infections with 157 cases reported nationwide for the first half of the year.

The DOH said the number, recorded from January 1 to June 25, 2022, is 5% lower compared to the 167 cases during the same period last year in a Viber message media.

25 or 16 percent of the rabies cases were recorded from Central Luzon, followed by 21 or 13 percent from Calabarzon, 17 or 11 percent from Western Visayas, and 16 or 10 percent from the Davao Region.

According to National Rabies Data as of June 25, the DOH reported that 119 patients, or 76% of the cases, did not receive the rabies vaccine or immunoglobulin.

The highest exposure history, Category 3, accounts for 112 or 71 percent of all documented rabies cases.

Single or multiple transdermal bites or scratches, licks on skin that has broken, saliva contamination of mucous membranes, and possible bat contact are all considered to fall under category 3.

Dogs made up about 131, or 83 percent, of the animals that bit people in rabies incidents.

Out of 157 reported cases of biting animals, 77, or 49 percent, were domesticated animals.

About 53, or 69 percent, of the domesticated biting animals, lacked rabies vaccinations.

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