Dog deaths due to vaccination reported

DEATHS of dogs vaccinated for rabies were reported in a village of E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental.

Some residents of Barangay Madalag said their dogs got ill after getting vaccination.

Dr. Renante Decena, provincial veterinarian, said Monday that massive dog vaccination were conducted by the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) in Cadiz City, Sagay City and neighboring areas after most of the rabies cases were confirmed in Cadiz.

Decena said that based on the report of Ben Asermida, livestock technician in E.B. Magalona, only one dog which was unvaccinated died in Barangay Madalag.

He said that another dog owner complained that his dog got sick and became restless after it was vaccinated.

It is a natural immune reaction after a dog is vaccinated, Decena explained.

He said that 200 vials of dog vaccines were brought by paravet Rodora Ilaya, a former village official, who is among those who conducted the vaccination.

In April, the PVO had declared a rabies outbreak in two towns and three cities, including Pulupundan and Binalbagan towns and the cities of Bacolod, Cadiz, and San Carlos.

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.

Decena had earlier admitted that the Provincial Government does not have sufficient vaccines for the dog population in the province. As of April, of the 219,000 dogs in Negros Occidental, only 24,000 have been vaccinated.

The PVO aims to reach 80 percent of the total dog population for vaccination. (TDE)
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