Rabies aka hydrophobia is a viral zoonotic neuroinvasive disease transmitted by infected domesticated animals like dogs and cats. Wild animals such as bats, raccoons, skunks, coyotes and wolverines still affect many people particularly from poor countries. About 15, 000 human rabies cases are reported worldwide.
“The number of cases of rabies in the Philippines which currently ranks fourth worldwide in incidence of the disease is increasing, despite government promises to rid the country of the problem by 2020. In 1998, 362 Filipinos died of rabies, compared with 321 in 1997 and 337 in 1996. About 10000 dogs are believed to be infected with the disease each year. “ Center for Disease Control CDC (2007 Wallerstein, C); BMJ 1999;318:1306.
In observance of the world anti-rabies day, activities to promote the prevention of rabies have been slated in the Philippines. From the http://www.rabiesday.org, the following are some of them:
Zamboanga City, Philippines (Local event)
Dog Fashion Show II-A World Rabies Day Celebration
Duration: September 28, 2008, 2:00 P.M. to September 28, 2008, 5:00 P.M.
This event started last year during the city’s observance of The World Rabies Day. For this year, we’re doing it again with a carrying theme of; “Trabaha Quita Junto Para El Rabis Ay Queda Historia” — a translated theme from english to chavacano (our local dialect). The event is targeted to the public to increase awareness of healthy and responsible pet-owner relationships and introduce the existing city ordinances (C.O. 241-The Rabies Control and Eradication Ordinance; and C.O. 242-The City Pound Ordinance) and the Animal Welfare Act of the Philippines.
Event is open to public
To get more information: Through radio, television, flyers, posters and personal communication
Contact name: Office of the City Veterinarian-City Government of Zamboanga
Pagbilao, Quezon Province, Philippines (Regional event)
World Rabies Day Commemoration
Duration: September 29, 2008, 7:30 am to September 29, 2008, 12:00 pm
The Center for Health Development for CaLaBaRZon will commemorate World Rabies day by mourning the deaths caused by Rabies which could have been prevented. The attendees will be wearing black shirts and black ribbons. The program will include a motorcade to raise the awareness of the people in the locality and a symposium will be held with students as participants.
Event is open to public
Naga City, Philippines (Regional event)
World Rabies day Celebration
Duration: September 28,2008, 8:00 am to September 28, 2008, 5:00 pm
There will be a free dog vaccination, dog castration and deworming.
Event is open to public. (Photo Credits: Juna Cullador; Bvalves) =0=