Kidapawan City registers zero dog bite

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 25 April)– Not a single record of dog bite has been registered in the city since January this, the City Veterinary Office said.

Street dogs, like this one photographed in Malaybalay City in June 2015, are a common sight in the Philippines. MindaNews file photo by H. MARCOS C. MORDENO

City Veterinarian Eugene Gornez attributed this to their intense campaign against rabies that started in 2017.

“We have to intensify our campaign because for two years already, we registered several cases of dog bites,” he said.

In 2016, Gornez’s office monitored at least 1,760 dog bite cases. The number increased by 11.36 percent or 200 cases in 2017.

The official said they will continue with their anti-rabies vaccination activities in the barangays to protect the people and other animals.

He explained that rabies is a deadly virus transmitted through the saliva of infected animals, usually dogs.

He warned that once a person begins showing symptoms of rabies, the disease is “nearly always fatal.”

“So it is important that dog owners bring their pets to our office and have them vaccinated. This is primarily to protect people from getting infected with the rabies virus, which is deadly,” he said. (Malu Cadelina Manar/MindaNews)