Rabies kills 3 in Bataan; vaccination drive stepped up » Manila Bulletin News



By Mar T. Supnad

ANTI-RABIES DRIVE — Bataan provincial veterinarian Dr. Albert Venturina administers an anti-rabies vaccine on a pet dog while underscoring the need to have all pets vaccinated. (Mar T. Supnad)

Capitol, Bataan — Three persons died after being bitten by rabid dogs while another 15 dogs were placed under observation after testing positive for the dreaded virus.

As this developed, Dr. Albert Venturina, Bataan provincial veterinarian appealed to the pet owners have their animals vaccinated against rabies.

Venturina said that Bataan Governor Abet Garcia has directed the conduct of anti-rabies and vaccination drives down to the barangay level to prevent casualties.

Venturina said that in addition to the stock of the province, two multi national companies-The Integrated Poultry and Meat procesing plant headed by Engr Richard Legaspi based in Hermosa town and the Phil. Resins Industries Inc., led by its president Tetsuro Hachimura, had donated anti-rabies vaccines to the province.

“They (Legaspi and Hachimura) are very supportive of our campaign against rabbies and helpful to the people of Bataan,” said Dr Ventura.

He appealed to individuals bitten by dogs and other animals to immediately seek medical attention to prevent the deadly virus from spreading to the brain.

Once a person is bitten by rabies-infected animal, Venturina said the victim may have only up to three months to live, if left untreated.

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