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The Philippines Department of Health reported Friday the latest data on human rabies in the country.

From the beginning of the year through August 13, officials report 222 human rabies cases in 16 of the 17 regions across the country. 100% of the cases ended in death.

This is an increase of 17 percent compared to the same period in 2021 (190).

The region of Central Luzon reported the most rabies cases with 35, followed by Calabarzon (26),  and 22 each in Davao and SOCCSKSARGEN.

Only the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) reported no human rabies cases to date.

According to the World Health Organization, rabies is estimated to cause 59,000 human deaths annually in over 150 countries, with 95% of cases occurring in Africa and Asia. Due to widespread underreporting and uncertain estimates, it is likely that this number is a gross underestimate of the true burden of disease. 99% of rabies cases are dog-mediated and the burden of disease is disproportionally borne by rural poor populations, with approximately half of cases attributable to children under 15.

Rabies is a major burden in Asia, with an estimated 35,172 human deaths per year. India accounts for 59.9% of rabies deaths in Asia and 35% of deaths globally.

Learn more about rabies at this World Rabies Day Livestream:

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