Rabies Awareness Month
Base on an article on World Health Organization's website, it is stated that rabies is an infectious viral disease that is almost always fatal following the onset of clinical symptoms. In up to 99% of cases, domestic dogs are responsible for rabies virus transmission to humans. Yet, rabies can affect both domestic and wild animals. It is spread to people through bites or scratches, usually via saliva. This is present on all continents, except Antarctica, with over 95% of human deaths occurring in the Asia and Africa regions.
It is one of the neglected tropical diseases that predominantly affects poor and vulnerable populations who live in remote rural locations. Although effective human vaccines and immunoglobulins exist for rabies, they are not readily available or accessible to those in need. Globally, rabies deaths are rarely reported and children between the ages of 5–14 years are frequent victims. Treating a rabies exposure, where the average cost of rabies post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is US $ 49 in Asia, can be a catastrophic financial burden on affected families whose average daily income is around US$ 1–2 per person.
Every year, more than 29 million people worldwide receive a post-bite vaccination. This is estimated to prevent hundreds of thousands of rabies deaths annually.
Rabies is 100% fatal though 100% preventable. It is not among the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in our country but it is regarded as a significant public health problem because
1.) it is one of the most acutely fatal infection, and
2.) is responsible for the death of 200-300 Filipinos annually.
By the virtue of Executive Order No. 84, series 1999, declares the month of March every year as Rabies Awareness Month. A massive information campaign around rabies prevention and control is conducted that aims to strengthen the prevention to avoid unnecessary deaths due to rabies.
Through the collaborative effort of Honorable Mayor George RIcardo Gacula II, Vice Mayor Michell Bermundo and the Sangguniang Bayan members, in partnership with Municipal Health Office, Department of Interior and Local Government(D.I.L.G), and Municipal Agriculture Office. The Taytay(Rizal) L.G.U supports the Rabies Awareness Month Campaign that focuses on responsible pet ownership and nationwide pet vaccination.