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Kalinga assures stock of anti-rabies vaccine

by Larry Lopez

TABUK, Kalinga (30 October) -- Anti-rabies vaccines are now available at the animal-bite treatment center of the provincial health office, here.

Provincial Epidemic Surveillance Unit (PESU) Officer Jose Pardito Jr. assures sufficient stock of Immuno Glubulin, a passive anti-rabies vaccine and Vero Rub and Ruby 4, active anti-rabies vaccines. These types of vaccines are ideally given to dog bite victims. Pardito explained active rabies vaccine takes 7-10 days before it develops immunity in the body, after immunization while the passive vaccine is given to prevent the rabies from spreading, in time for the active vaccine to take effect on the victim.

Rabies manifests within 20-90 days when positive on a person. But in cases of rabies outbreak, victims are immediately given doses of active vaccines, Pardito said.

He explained that victims found positive of rabies need five doses of active vaccines. One dose usually costs P1,500 but PESU charges P600 only. Profilactic doses on victims bitten can go three doses

Pardito said rabies vaccines are really costly, that is why the center charges minimum rates to maintain availability of vaccines especially for emergency cases. For indigent patients, the center can give the first two doses for free.

He advised the public to observe within 14 days dogs that have bitten saying rabies- positive dogs die even before the 14th day. In cases of rabies outbreak in an area, Pardito recommends the immediate vaccination of the victim. He also appeals to "tandoc" doctors to advise victims to pursue with the vaccination, as rabies virus can not be extracted from the body through the "tandoc".

Head of a dog suspected for rabies can now be brought for testing at the Regional Animal Diagnostic Center in Tuguegarao, Cagayan, instead of bringing it to Baguio or Manila.

There are three cases of deaths from rabies in the province since January this year. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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