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Joy Belmonte welcomes 65% drop in QC rabies case

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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has welcomed the huge drop in rabies cases in the city due to the continuous and expanded anti-rabies vaccination and animal castration initiatives of the local government.

Based on the data of the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Animal Industry (DA-BAI), QC has recorded a 65 percent drop in rabies cases from 2018 to 2019. From 17 cases, the city was able to bring down its number to 8.

From January to September 2021, the City Veterinary Department was able to give anti-rabies shots to 82,241 pets in the city, and 1,817 animals underwent spay and neuter procedures.

“From being one of the top 10 cities with highest rabies cases in the Philippines in 2018, QC is no longer on the list. That is because of our ramped-up inoculation drives to eradicate the virus from our pets,” Belmonte said.

Aside from the vaccination and castration programs, the city has also ramped-up impounding stray animals that are usually the carriers of the rabies virus.

If a person was bitten by an animal, he/ she should report to the nearest health center. He/ she will then be referred to the city’s animal bite center for proper treatment.