Zero human rabies from January-July 15 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 18 July 2015 13:33

The Zamboanga City Rabies Eradication Control Coordinating Council (ZCRECCC) reported zero human rabies incidents during the first 6 months of the year, as it continuously intensifies vaccination and surveillance activities.

Records from all Office of the City Veterinarian (OCVET) field offices and the City Health Office reveal no human rabies cases registered from January to July 15, according to City Veterinarian Dr. Mario Arriola, who also chairs the ZCRECCC.

Arriola said his office will continue to undertake vaccination and surveillance activities so as to control and prevent human rabies cases.

He urged animal bite victims to report biting incidents to their respective barangay councils which are mandated to report the same to the City Rabies Council through the CHO and the OCVET.

Meanwhile, the quick response team from the OCVET and the Department of Agriculture conducted vaccination and surveillance following the reports that 6 dogs have died due to rabies but found no dogs and other susceptible animals further infected with rabies, according to Arriola.

On the other hand, the City Veterinarian appeals to all barangays in the city to organize their respective Barangay Rabies Council (BARC) and activate their Astray Animal Management Team to help in the conduct of anti-rabies advocacies at the barangay level.

The OCVET, he said, will train the animal catchers and the City Government through the CHO will provide pre-exposure vaccine for the catchers.

Arriola said barangay Baliwasan activated its Astray Animal Management headed by barangay chair Boday Cabato and organized its BARC as well as appointed barangay animal catchers. Since its activation last June 29, 2015 has turned over to the City Pound a total of 63 captured and surrendered dogs. (Sheila Covarrubias)