The Department of Health (DOH) and other public health organizations hold annual seminars to educate the people about rabies.
Dogs are the main sources of rabies in the country, which is why households are always encouraged to have their dogs vaccinated and restricted within their properties.
Since rabies is a fatal disease which can kill those who get infected with it, a person should seek treatment immediately after bitten by a rabid animal.
“If bitten by a rabid dog, make sure to get medical attention immediately. To prevent the incidence of rabies in your area, make sure to have your dogs vaccinated every year and keep them within the confines of your home or property”, veterinary officer of Legazpi City said.
According to DOH, rabies is a rampant health problem in the country, with approximately 600 citizens dying of it every year. The lack of discipline towards animal care and the fact that animals are allowed to roam around freely in the streets are the main culprits behind the high incidence of rabies in the Philippines.
The furious type of rabies is when the dog becomes restless and has difficulty in eating and drinking. It roams around aimlessly and will snap at or bite anyone who crosses its path. Of course, the most obvious and popular symptoms of rabid dog is the continuous foaming of the mouth.
On the other hand, the dumb type of rabies is the total opposite of the furious type, and symptoms include the absence of appetite and difficulty in breathing. A dog becomes depressed, lethargic and tends to hide in quiet, isolated places. Dog with this type of rabies will die suddenly without any indication beforehand. So, you better watch out.
By: Maribel Evasco