Iloilo prov'l vet to conduct massive immunization of dogs

February 16, 2015 2:02 pm 

By Annabel J. Petinglay

ILOILO CITY, Feb. 16 (PNA) –- The Iloilo Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) is set to conduct massive immunization of dogs in Bgy. Tarong, Carles to prevent if possible the transmission of rabies that has lately caused the life of a 20-year-old individual.

Iloilo PVO chief Dr. Silvino Teodosio, in an interview Monday, said that by Thursday or Friday, he will send a team from the PVO to meet the barangay captain of Tarong so that a 100 percent immunization of dogs could be done.

He said that in Carles, there are already about 15 vaccinator volunteers that they have trained and they would be tapped to conduct the mass vaccination. ”The provincial government has enough vaccine to be used for the undertaking,” Dr. Teodosio said.

He added that the dog population in the entire Carles town is 8,166, of which a portion is from Bgy. Tarong.

Meanwhile, the first human rabies death involving a 20-year-old male individual caught the attention of the Iloilo Provincial Health Office (IPHO) for it occurred on the same barangay where another person in 2014 also died due to dog bite.

This year’s casualty was bitten by a stray dog in Nov. 11, 2014 while he was riding on a bicycle. The first signs and symptoms, however, emerged on Feb. 6, 2015 after the individual failed to get anti-rabies injection.

Dr. Ma. Socorro Colmenares Quinon of the IPHO said that the dog vaccination is necessary to ensure that no more rabid stray dog will be loitering in the community that could put in danger lives of the people.

Dog owners were also told to be responsible enough and are cautioned against letting loose their pet dogs.(PNA)

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