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Rabies in the Philippines

04 Oct 2016

According to a media reportLink of 25 September 2016 the province of Pangasinan in the Philippines reported 14 390 animal bite cases and 14 human rabies deaths in the first six months of 2016. In 2015, Pangasinan province saw 19 037 animal bite cases and 19 human rabies deaths.

In response the Pangasinan provincial board has urged local government units to strictly implement the Anti-Rabies Act of 2007, this act requires all pet owners have their dogs regularly vaccinated against rabies and keep accurate records of vaccinations, failure to comply can result in fines.

Advice for Travellers

The Philippines are considered by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to be a high risk destination for rabies. Rabies pre-exposure vaccine is available for those considered to be at risk.