Iloilo health officials wary over reported 3rd human rabies case

March 18, 2015 6:03 am 

ILOILO CITY, March 17 -– Health officials urged residents in the province to have their dogs immunized against rabies as they are closely monitoring the third human rabies in San Andres, San Rafael in Iloilo province.

Iloilo Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Ildefonso Toledo, in an interview Tuesday, said that if the new human rabies case would be confirmed by the health officials, it will be the third after similar cases from Carles and San Dionisio towns this year.

According to Dr. Toledo, the resurgence of human rabies cases could still be the effect of the failure to immunize dogs in 2013 after the devastation of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) which also damaged their vaccines particularly prepositioned in Carles because of months without electricity that affected the potency of the vaccines.

He also said that they tried to salvage some anti-rabies vaccines in San Rafael town also damaged by super typhoon Yolanda. This could also be the reason for human rabies case in the town.

The first reported human rabies was in Brgy. Tarong, Carles. The victim was a 20-year-old man who was bitten by a stray dog in the said barangay while he was riding on his bicycle. He showed rabies' signs and symptoms last Feb. 6 and died three days after.

The second victim was a 53-year-old female from Brgy. Borongon, San Dionisio, who was bitten by a stray dog on Aug. 31, 2014. She initially sought consultation at Sara District Hospital on Sept. 1, 2014 and given the first dose of active immunization Rabipur, but failed to come back for the succeeding doses.

Last Feb. 28, the patient started to manifest weakness, but her family bought her instead to the Tandok (quack doctor). The patient died March 6, 2015.

In 2014, two rabies deaths were reported also from Brgy. Tarong and from San Enrique town.(PNA)

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