Dog vaccination in NegOcc reaches 30 percent - PVO

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Saturday, July 5, 2014


THE Negros Occidental Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) revealed that 30 percent of the total dog population in the province is already vaccinated.

There are about 219,000 dogs in Negros Occidental, and 30 percent of the figure is about 65,700.

The PVO had earlier said they aim to reach 80 percent of the total dog population for vaccination.

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Dr. Renante Decena, provincial veterinarian, said on Friday that dog vaccination is ongoing all over the province.

The latest massive dog vaccination was conducted in Murcia after a dog in the municipality was tested positive for rabies.

He said that a dog's head from Murcia was found positive during an examination at the PVO laboratory.

This brings to 12 the total number of dogs in Negros Occidental tested positive for rabies.

Decena said that as part of the quick response, a massive dog vaccination is being conducted within one-kilometer radius from where the dog came from.

He also reminded those bitten by dogs to immediately have anti-rabies vaccination.

Anti-tetanus is immediately given at health centers but victims should have anti-rabies vaccines, Decena said.

The Department of Health noted that although rabies is not among the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in the country, it is regarded as a significant public health problem because it is one of the most acutely fatal infections and it is responsible for the death of 200 to 300 Filipinos annually.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 05, 2014.

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