Kinagat ng bang-aw! Rabies kills 8 in WV

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At least eight people died from rabies in Western Visayas in the first eight months of 2018, the Department of Health in Region 6 said.

Regional Rabies Program Coordinator Amaliz Mardoquio also noted an increase in rabies-related deaths so far this year.

Mardoquio said four of the deaths were due to dog bites in Negros Occidental; and one each in Iloilo City, Capiz, Iloilo, and Antique (

Also, the DOH is looking into at least five suspected cases of rabies infection.

Citing DOH-6 records, Mardoquio said two five-year-old toddlers were the youngest recorded fatalities.

The DOH-6 said some 100,000 animal bite cases were recorded for the entire 2017 while 51,000 animal bite cases were recorded from January to June 2018.

But Mardoquio said the increase of reported animal bite cases shows the public is now aware of the danger of animal bites.