Cebu City is facing a concerning situation as eight out of its 80 barangays have been classified as “high risk” areas due to the presence of animal rabies. The City’s Department of Veterinary Medicine and Fisheries has confirmed the cases and is now taking action to address the situation.
Dr. Jessica Maribojoc, the city veterinarian, expressed the city’s commitment to reducing the number of animal rabies cases. While it is fortunate that the cases are currently limited to eight barangays, the goal is to further decrease this number in the coming year.
The confirmed cases of rabies are specifically in dogs that have become rabid. Last year, nine barangays were considered “high risk” for rabies.
To combat the issue, the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Fisheries has devised strategies focused on vaccinating 70 to 80 percent of the city’s animal population. Their approach includes ensuring that animals in each barangay or sitio are properly vaccinated against rabies.
Addressing the situation of animal rabies is crucial for both animal and human health. Rabies is a viral disease that affects the nervous system and can be transmitted to humans through the bites of infected animals. Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent the spread of rabies.
By implementing comprehensive vaccination programs and raising awareness about the importance of responsible pet ownership, Cebu City aims to minimize the risk of animal rabies and protect its community.
Source: The Freeman