25 person Suspected of Rabies Infection Isolated in Ilocos Town

BANGAR, La Union – Five persons bitten by a young dog and twenty others who were suspected to be infected with rabies in barangay Cadapli here were put under isolation by the municipal government yesterday to avoid possible spread of the disease.

Mayor George Pinzon told Northbound Philippines News Online that the spread of the disease started in his town when a four- year old kid was bitten by the puppy that later attacked four persons trying to catch the animal.

Pinzon said the kid was tested positive for rabies when brought for examination at the Regional Animal Disease Diagnosis Laboratory in Baguio City on Monday. The rabid dog died few days later and its head was found positive for rabies when it was brought to the municipal agriculture office for laboratory tests.

“We were alarmed because rabies is a deadly disease and our health office should exert all efforts to control it,” Pinzon said.

Rabies is a viral fatal disease that causes inflammation of the human brain.

It was learned that the four other bitten victims will be brought by the municipal health office at the Animal Bite Center in Bacnotan town Friday for vaccination and the twenty other individuals for examination.

The twenty persons, all neighbors in the village, were suspected of rabies contamination after they and the victims allegedly participated in a drinking party using a lone glass of liquor.

Pinzon said he would seek assistance from Governor Francisco ” Pacoy” Ortega III to defray the expenses for the expensive rabies vaccines.JUN ELIAS/northboundasia.com