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Rabies killed a 37-year-old man from Barangay Bitaog Gaja, New Lucena town, the second rabies-related fatality this year in Iloilo, according to a Panay News report.


Dr. Maria Socorro Colmenares-Quiñon, head of the Iloilo Provincial Health Office (IPHO) said the man was bitten by a dog in March and consumed dog meat in February and April.

The report states that the victim manifested flu-like symptoms on May 2 and was taken to the hospital; however, he did not tell them he was bitten by a dog, doctors treated him as an out-patient for urinary tract infection.

The victim was allowed to go home on the night of May 2 but further fell ill and aerophobia and hydrophobia manifested. His mother took him to the Aleosan District Hospital in Alimodian town.

At the Aleosan District Hospital, the victim disclosed he was bitten by a dog in March and was fond of eating meat of stray dogs. He died on May 5.

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