Vet office vaccinates more than 16,000 dogs

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014


THE Bacolod City Veterinary Office (CVO) has vaccinated more than 16,000 dogs in the first quarter of 2014 as part of its campaign against rabies.

City veterinarian Dr. Maria Agueda Trinidad de la Torre said they have recorded four rabies cases since the start of summer season, prompting their office to launch a mass vaccination of dogs.

“Our thrust is to contain, if not eradicate rabies in the city,” De la Torre said.

We are appealing to dog owners to have their dogs vaccinated against rabies, she said.

The CVO has recorded 330 walk-in dog owners from January to April alone.

The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) declared last week a rabies outbreak in two towns and three cities in the province, including Bacolod.

PVO records showed there have been nine cases of death caused by bites of rabid dogs in Negros Occidental: four in Bacolod; two in Binalbagan; and one each in Pulupundan, San Carlos and Cadiz.

Provincial veterinarian Dr. Renante Decena said a positive case of rabies can be considered an outbreak.

Rabies is a human infection that occurs after a transdermal bite or scratch by an infected animal, like dogs and cats. It can be transmitted when infectious material, usually saliva, comes into direct contact with a victim’s fresh skin lesions. (TDE/CNC)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 07, 2014.

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