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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Vaccination remains most effective solution to prevent rabies-related death in humans

By Bennie A. Recebido

SORSOGON CITY, June 26 (PIA) – The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) together with the Provincial Health Office (PHO) maintain its call to the public to have them vaccinated of anti-rabies once bitten by dogs, whether of pet or stray dogs.

Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Enrique Espiritu expressed disappointment towards a most recent case of human rabies death in Brgy. San Julian in Irosin, Sorsogon where the victim refuses to be vaccinated after he was bitten by his mongrel breed pet dog.

Espiritu said that amidst the intensified campaign they are doing through various mediums, it is so disappointing to know that there are still Sorsoganons who take for granted their advocacy and that there are still rabies-related death in humans recorded.

PVO’s narrative report bared that in in December last year, Fulguso, the pet dog’s name, mingled with trayed dogs in the nearby area, and started to be weak and restless with eye secretions and from time to time, drooling Saliva in January this year.

The owner, Osias Gestole, 45, suspected of an ordinary illness of the dog and medicate it by himself. Manifestations in the dog continue and when Gestole forced to bathe the dog, it became agitated and had bitten the owner at the left base of his thumb.

That morning, Gestole’s partner forced him to have an immediate vaccination at the nearest Animal Bite Treatment Center (ABTC), but refused. In the afternoon, Fulgoso died and was buried by Gestole.

Four months after, Gestole started to feel weak and complained of a muscle pain or flu-like symptoms. Three days after, the victim experiences hydrophobia, photophobia and aerophobia that are getting eminent. He also experienced salivation and muscular tensions.

Five days after, the victim passed away regretful that he did not heed to the advice of having him vaccinated of anti-rabies.

According to Espiritu, it is important that as responsible owners, they know what to do when their pets exhibit different behavior.

“If the victim had just been keen about his pet’s behavior and heed to his partner’s advice to be vaccinated, he could have been spared from his fatal fate,” he added.

Espiritu reiterated that rabies is 100 percent fatal but is preventable. “Vaccination is still the best solution to prevent rabies death in humans.”

Meanwhile, following the death of Gestole, authorities here immediately recommended for mass vaccination to be done immediately in Brgy. San Julian, Poblacion and its adjacent barangays; an Information, Education and Communication (IEC) activity in the adjacent barangay with the involvement of LGU and barangay officials and barangay folks be done; and intensification of LGU’s involvement in the implementation of the Anti-Rabies Act.

The last rabies case in human in Irosin town was ten years ago. (MAL/BAR-PIA5/Sorsogon)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2581466922335/vaccination-remains-most-effective-solution-to-prevent-rabies-related-death-in-humans#sthash.wXJqDlD5.dpuf

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