DOH BICOL CHD RAISES AWARENESS ON RABIES IN LINE WITH RABIES AWARENESS MONTH

DOH BICOL CHD RAISES AWARENESS ON RABIES IN LINE WITH RABIES AWARENESS MONTH

March is Rabies Awareness Month – in line with this, The Department of Health Bicol Center for Health Development (DOH Bicol CHD) promotes rabies prevention and proper pet keeping.

In 2021, the number of rabies-related deaths in Camarines Norte increased.

According to the Department of Health, the province has five incidents of human mortality, compared to four in 2020. It also recorded 9,408 bite cases, compared to 6,362 in 2020. It ranks third among Bicol provinces regarding animal bites and human deaths.

Rabies is a fatal viral infection spread by an infected animal. Headache, fever, pain, numbness of the affected area of the body, delirium, paralysis, and muscle spasms are all symptoms of rabies.

To prevent the transmission of rabies, the DOH encourages safe pet ownership. Under the Anti Rabies Act of 2007, a dog must be on a leash when taken out on the road. In addition, the owner must vaccinate his pet against rabies.

 This year’s theme is “Rabies-free na Pusa’t Aso, Kaligtasan ng Pamilyang Pilipino”.  It aims to create awareness about responsible animal care.

Ricca M. Marabe (Intern/Reporter – Camarines Norte News)

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