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PIA Press Release
Thursday, January 05, 2012


Health workers intensify anti- rabies vaccination in Ilocos Sur

by Freddie G. Lazaro

BANTAY, Ilocos Sur, Jan. 5 (PIA) -- To protect the residents against rabies infection, health workers of the rural health unit (RHU) of this town intensified anti-rabies vaccination following the death of a barangay tanod due to rabies infection.

Maricel Alejandro, RHU volunteer nurse, confirmed that one Roberto De Peralta, barangay tanod of Barangay San Julian West, Bantay, died due to rabies infection on December 22, 2011.

Two days before De Peralta died, he had also bitten his brother who is now confined in Gabriela Silang General Hospital for his treatment and observation.

RHU head Dr. Lioba Cecilla V. Tolentino had requested Mayor Sammy Parilla for anti-rabies vaccines for friends of the victim.

She said that massive vaccination was immediately conducted in Barangay San Julian West to pre-empt possible spread of rabies infection in the area.

As of Wednesday, Alejandro said that at least 45 barangay residents have already been vaccinated with anti–rabies.

It was learned that De Peralta and three others were bitten by a stray dog while they were having drinking session last September 26, 2011 in Sitio Bagong Barrio, Barangay Poblacion Sur, Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur. After the incident, local residents caught the dog, butchered, cooked, and consumed the meat.

Meanwhile, Evelyn Florendo, the nurse health coordinator on animal bite in Ilocos Sur’s Provincial Health Office (PHO), advised the public not to kill a dog that had bitten a person. Instead, the dog should be restrained in a cage for observation within a period of 14 days to see if symptoms of rabies manifest.

She also advised the public to seek the assistance of health or veterinary doctor if there is dog bite incident in their community to anticipate any rabies infection. (ANL/FGL-PIA 1 Ilocos Sur)

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