DOH reports spike in animal bite cases, 35 deaths in Bicol last year
LIGAO CITY, Albay – Health officials have recorded an increase in human deaths due to cases of dog bites in the Bicol region.
Aida Ruby Jeremias, rabies program coordinator for the Department of Health Center for Health Development Bicol, said data showed that there was a nine percent spike in animal bite cases, particularly dog bites.
At least 51,125 cases were recorded in 2021 with 35 deaths, more than the 46,831 bite cases and 28 deaths casualties in 2020.
“All the victims unfortunately were bitten by dogs ( 22 domesticated and 13 stray dogs),” she said.
She said the increase in dog bite cases was due to the low turnout rate in consultations and check ups because of quarantine restrictions.
This year, the DOH has also recorded one death in Masbate due to a dog bite incident.
To prevent the increase in dog bite cases and deaths, the DOH reminded pet owners that their dogs and cats must be given anti-rabies shots.
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