By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Officials with the Negros Occidental Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO), cases of dogs with rabies is up 39 percent from the same period last year.

A canine suspected of being rabid that had been exhibiting signs of restlessness, and overall uncharacteristic aggressive behavior, which are two symptoms of rabies.

From January to May of this year, 13 rabies cases were recorded from eight localities. This compares with six cases reported during the same period last year.

The town of Cauayan and the cities of Victorias and Himamaylan saw the most cases.

The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) says 47 percent of dogs in the province have been vaccinated against rabies, prompting officials appeal to call on dog owners to have their pets vaccinated against rabies annually.

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