THE number of rabies cases recorded in Pangasinan province from January 1 to September 30 this year significantly decreased by 69 percent compared to last year, the provincial health office (PHO) reported on Monday.
Statistics released to media by the PHO showed that from January 1 to September this year, only five persons were listed as victims of rabies. This is far lower than the 16 rabies cases listed by the PHO in 2016.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Anna Ma. Teresa de Guzman said no death from rabies was reported so far this year as well as last year.
However, the PHO listed Bayambang, Bugallon, Urdanetra City, San Carlos City and Lingayen as under its watchlist for rabies.
The provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (PESU), together with the District Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit and the Provincial Anti-Rabies coordinator, conducted community assembly and health education in the barangays with rabies cases.
They conducted data validation and contact tracing to find out who the patients had direct conduct with, and once traced, these people were advised to take anti-rabies vaccines. (PNA)