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Mar 12, 2015

04:20:50 GMT--Biological Hazard - Pacific ocean - west - Philippines

EDIS Number: BH-20150312-47289-PHL

Date / time: 12/03/2015 04:19:04 [UTC]

Event: Biological Hazard

Area: Pacific ocean - west

Country: Philippines

State/County: Davao Region

Location: [Region-wide]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A


Davao region has an alarming level of human rabies cases, ranking 7th in the country, the Department of Health said. Devine Hilario, program officer from the DOH regional office, said the incidence rate of the region stands at 1.5 percent which is considered alarming because human rabies is 100 percent fatal. The national incidence rate is 4.2 percent. The government has targeted to be human rabies-free by 2016 but the fatal disease continues to kill people in country despite free vaccination for dogs, the most common way humans get the disease. Hilario said 22 human rabies deaths were reported in 2014; this is higher compared to 16 deaths in 2013. Most of the cases have history of dog bites or previous exposure to animal bites but did not seek post-vaccination. A bite from a rabid dog results in death within 48 hours. According to Hilario, the number of animal bite cases in Davao region is high with 33,009 in 2014, an increase from 2013's record of 20,684. Of the number of animal bites, Davao City posted with highest cases with 15,000 cases or half of the region's total number of cases. In 2013, Davao City has 9,000 animal bite cases. DOH medical coordinator Dr. Gracita Berguia said the high number of animal bite cases can be attributed to improved reporting system and the increase of animal bite centers where people can access easily.

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