18 positive rabies cases so far recorded in Pangasinan this year

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — The Department of Agriculture has recorded 18 positive rabies cases in Pangasinan since January this year to date.

This was bared by Dr. Constancia Diaz, chief of Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Animal Disease and Diagnostic Laboratory, during a symposium on March 16 marking the celebration of the Rabies Awareness Month here.

She disclosed the towns of Binmaley, San Carlos City, and San Fabian each registered three positive cases; Lingayen has two; while Urdaneta City, Sta. Barbara, Bolinao, San Manuel, Dagupan City, Binalonan, and Aguilar have one case each.

Diaz, who graced the dog fun walk from the Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO) to the Provincial Training and Development Center, urged the public to become responsible pet owners and have their pets vaccinated once a year in their respective local government units.

She said the DA has provided rabies vaccine so that vaccination of all pet dogs will be free of charge.

Diaz also reminded the people of the Anti-Rabies Act of 2007 or “An Act providing for the control and elimination of human and animal rabies, prescribing penalties for violation thereof and appropriation funds therefor.”

Last year, the provincial board here has approved provincial resolution no. 1319-2015 “urging all local chief executives to fully implement and intensify their anti-rabies campaign in the province of Pangasinan.”

The provincial government’s massive vaccination and information and education campaign are also regular and continuous, said Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Eric Perez.

Meanwhile, 63 dogs participated in the “Dog Fun Walk” as part of the activities of the province during the Rabies Awareness Monthly with the theme “End Rabies Now Na”.

The activity, said Perez, was intended to promote responsible pet ownership.

Some 8,000 dogs had already been vaccinated through the province’s mass vaccination program. PNA/northboundasia.com