Animal bites rising in South Cotabato, health officials launch info drive vs rabies

March 18, 2015 6:03 am 

KORONADAL CITY, March 17 — The provincial health office in South Cotabato has reported about 696 cases of animal bites during the first two months of 2015.

This prompted the South Cotabato provincial health office to intensify their information drive to educate the public about the danger of animal bites.

Three of the animal bites victims have died due to rabies, according to Dr. Rogelio Aturdido Jr, provincial health officer. He based the data taken from the Animal Bites Center.

Aturdido said from January to February alone, about 696 animal bites cases were reported in South Cotabato's 10 municipalities and one component city.

The provincial health chief did not say whether the number is already in its alarming stage or not.

With the number of cases rising, Aturdido said the provincial office has intensified its campaign against rabies in various hospitals in Norala, Polomolok and Lake Sebu.

Convinced there were dog bites cases that were unreported, Aturdido appealed to anyone who becomes a victim of dog or cat bites to visit the municipal or provincial hospitals for treatment.

South Cotabato is composed of the municipalities of Tantangan, Norala, Surallah, Sto. Nino, Banga, T'boli, Lake Sebu, Tupi, Polomolok, Tampakan and Koronadal City.

One of the disturbing events involving dog bite was reported last week in Koronadal City where a rabid dog attacked five persons, three of whom were bitten.

Angry residents killed the dog.

This alarmed the city veterinary office since there was no more opportunity for health workers to examine if the dog was rabid or not.

Worst, another man took the dog home for "pulutan."

Aturdido said it is also dangerous to eat dog meat because the rabies could be transmitted to humans.

In North Cotabato, a 76-year-old man was hospitalized and eventually died days after he was attacked by a domestic dog.

The man showed signs he was rabid after the attack because he wanted a dark room, fear of water and was afraid of humans. He was also salivating.

The dog was killed by the relatives and buried.

The victim was first brought to a quack doctor but when relatives noticed his deteriorating condition, he was rushed to the provincial hospital in Kidapawan City where he expired the next day. (PNA)

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