Iloilo town monitoring rabies cases

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New Lucena town in Iloilo province is now monitoring a possible rise in rabies cases, after recording at least eight recent incidents of rabid dogs biting eight people.

Mayor Christian Sorongon said they noted one case of a rabid dog fighting at least 10 other dogs then attacking people in Barangay Poblacion last June 9.

Sorongon said the rabid dog, which the town agricultural office confirmed to have rabies, is not from the town. He added they have yet to identify the dog’s owner (

Residents had to kill the dog to prevent it from biting more persons, he added.

Sorongon said four victims who claimed to have been bitten by the rabid dog went to his office last June 11 to ask for anti-rabies vaccines.

Another four went to his office June 13 to ask for anti-rabies vaccines.

This leads authorities to believe some dogs bitten by the rabid dog may have attacked other people, the mayor said.

For now, he said the “victims” are now in stable condition after they received vaccines and P1,000 assistance from the municipal government.