Rabies in Bataan
Officials in Bataan province in Central Luzon, Philippines are appealing to dog owners to get their pets vaccinated after three people died after being bitten by rabid dogs.
Bataan Governor Abet Garcia has directed the conduct of anti-rabies and vaccination drives down to the barangay, or village level to prevent casualties, according to a Manila Bulletin report.
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The Philippines Department of Agriculture (DOA) says that rabies is responsible for the deaths of 200 to 300 Filipinos per year, making it one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in the country.
Dengue in Baguio
After reporting hundreds of dengue fever cases during the first 6 months of 2016, the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU) in Cordillera are reporting only 64 cases in the mountain city of Baguio, 875 percent decrease.
However, despite the decrease in dengue, Geeny Austria with the RESU said there is no room for complacency as peak season for dengue approaches this August.
Dengue is a viral infection transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. There are four closely related but antigenically different serotypes of the virus that can cause dengue (DEN1, DEN 2, DEN 3, DEN 4).
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Dengue has a wide spectrum of infection outcome (asymptomatic to symptomatic). Symptomatic illness can vary from dengue fever (DF) to the more serious dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF).
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