Anthrax case in Abra not an epidemic, says provincial veterinarian
by Maritess Benas
Bangued, Abra (29 May) -- The single reported case of anthrax in a remote barangay of Callao in the municipality of Villaviciosa last April 30, 2010 is not an epidemic.
This was the clarified by Provincial Veterinarian, Dr. Diosdado Taverner, who together with officials from the head offices of the Departments of Health and Agriculture went to the area to validate the case.
What was alarming is the consequence of the single case of anthrax where 36 people who ate the carabeef of the affected animal were afflicted.
Based on the report of the Villaviciosa municipal health office, the infected individuals were brought to the hospital for medical treatment on May 8.
The visiting team confirmed the case as anthrax and that the patients were infected with the bacillus anthraxis as indicated by the clinical manifestations particularly through the skin lesions which are symptoms of anthrax infestation.
To prevent the spread of the fatal animal disease, DA is implementing appropriate measures such as the administration of vaccination among the large animals in the barangay.
A follow up visitation was conducted by Dr. Arlene Sagayo, head of the Animal Services of the Livestock Division of DA-CAR together with Dr. Michael Crisologo, chief of the OPVET Regulatory Division last May 25 to look deeper into the conditions of the livestock in Villaviciosa municipality to ensure the prevention of possible outbreak of animal diseases this coming rainy seasons. This is also in response to the request of Mayor Marjorie Lagen for further technical assistance to the farmers. (PIA-Abra) [top]