Rabies continue to be a public health problem in the Philippines. The country is one of the top 10 countries with rabies problem. It is responsible for the deaths of 200 to 300 Filipinos per year. In 2011, 202 died of rabies, and in 2010, there were 257 deaths.
Rabies in the Philippines
At least 1/3 of deaths due to human rabies are among children less than 15 years old. Animal bite cases has been increasing for the past 5 years. At least 328,459 persons in 2011, and 266, 220 individuals in 2010 were bitten by animals. Almost half of rabies exposures are among school children. Dogs remain the principal cause of animal bites and rabies cases.
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Dr. Maria Nerissa Dominguez
National Professional Officer