GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- Veterinary personnel here have stepped up anti-rabies vaccination activities as a total 10 rabies cases have been discovered in dogs in the city since January.
Dr. Antonio Marin, head of the City Veterinary Office, said Wednesday the rabies cases were found in 44 head samples that they submitted for examination at the Department of Agriculture's regional animal disease diagnostic laboratory in Barangay Lagao here.
Marin said the confirmed rabid dogs, which came from different locations within the city's 26 barangays, were among the animals that were voluntarily submitted by their owners for testing.
These animals were either involved in bite incidents or showed signs and symptoms of rabies infection, he said.
"We already conducted blanket vaccination for all dogs on the streets and communities where the rabid animals came from," he said in a radio interview.
Marin called on pet owners to ensure that their animals are vaccinated and protected from rabies, noting that rabies infection among humans is deadly if not properly treated immediately.
There had been no reported case of rabies death in the city so far but Marin said they recorded a total of 1,608 animal bites during the first quarter of the year. By the end of April, the figure increased to about 2,000.
"The best way to counter rabies is still through dog vaccination, so this remains our top priority," he said.
Marin added that they have enough supply of anti-rabies vaccines to cover all dogs within the city. (PNA)
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