25 towns, 4 cities declared high risk areas for rabies

THE Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) sounded the alarm for pet owners in 29 areas identified as high risks for rabies and urged them to have their pets vaccinated to avoid getting infected with the rabies virus.

The identified high risk areas Agno, Aguilar, Alcala, Asingan, Balungao, Bani, Bautista, Bayambang, Binmaley, Bolinao, Calasiao, Lingayen, Mabini, Malasiqui, Mangaldan, Mangatarem, Natividad, Rosales, San Fabian, San Jacinto, San Quintin, Sta. Barbara, Sto. Tomas, Tayug and Urbiztondo, and the cities of Alaminos, Dagupan, San Carlos and Urdaneta. 

The watch list was based on the number of confirmed rabies cases recorded by the Provincial Veterinary Office last year.

Dr. Jovito Tabarejos, assistant provincial veterinarian, advised dog owners in barangays to present their pets for vaccination which is free at municipal vet offices, and to guard against stray dogs in their communities. 

Tabarejos also advised pet owners to restrain their pets inside their homes, and supervise them when outside to help keep them from coming in contact with feral dogs or wild animals most likely infected with rabies virus. 

The PVO recently received 2,600 vials of anti-rabies vaccine from the Bureau of Animal Industry to cover around 26,000 dogs in the province. 

As of February this year, PVO already confirmed 12 cases of dog bite incidents positive of rabies infection. (PIA/AMB)

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