By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

The Philippines Department of Health, Epidemiology Bureau reports that the number of human rabies cases reported in the country from the beginning of the year through September 10 is now 262.

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The number of human rabies cases are up 28 percent from the same period in 2021 when 205 cases were reported.

All 262 cases were fatal.

The Central Luzon region has seen the most cases with 39, followed by Calabarzon reporting 30 and SOCCSKSARGEN in central Mindanao with 27.

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Rabies is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) in mammals. It is mainly spread through bites and scratches from infected animals such as dogs, cats, bats, raccoons, skunks, and foxes.

Seek emergency medical care immediately after any possible rabies exposure. Once symptoms of rabies develop, no treatment is available, and it is nearly always fatal.