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24 people vaccinated after feasting on headless carcass of rabid street dog

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At least 24 people are being treated after they ate the headless carcass of a rabid street dog in Roxas City, Capiz province.

Dr Pilar Posadas, municipal health officer, said that after learning the stray dog was positive for rabies, she immediately ordered the administration of anti-rabies vaccines to the diners today (Wednesday, March 6).

The head of the dog had previously been cut off and taken to a health centre to test for rabies after it bit somebody in the local area.

However, while this was happening, a group of people chopped up the rabid street dog and cooked it up as “pulutan” — a type of snack eaten as an accompaniment to drinking alcohol. 

The local government has shouldered the cost of the anti-rabies vaccine used on the 24 people — including one child — as they couldn’t afford the treatment.

The patients already received two doses of vaccine while the third will be administered on Friday.

We reported on a similar incident in September 2015, when the same number of people fell ill after eating a rabid street dog in Iloilo.

Although butchering dogs for food is illegal in the Philippines, dog meat is still a popular delicacy that is eaten discreetly in certain quarters, particularly in the north of the country.

Rabies awareness month

Meanwhile, the Department of Health (DoH) has called on all dog-owners to vaccinate their pets in a bid for a rabies-free Philippines over the next decade. 

In a statement yesterday, DoH Secretary Francisco Duque said: “Prevention is key in eliminating the rabies disease. Ninety-nine per cent of all rabies transmissions to humans are from dogs.

Be a responsible pet owner and vaccinate your pets. This is the most cost-effective strategy to prevent rabies.” 

The DoH statement also said that 59,000 deaths were attributed to rabies globally, with the Philippines having at least 200 a year. 

The department has recently launched an anti-rabies campaign in line with March being ‘Rabies Awareness Month’. 

The programme will be assisted by the Department of Agriculture, Department of Interior and Local Government, local government units and the private sector. 

Mr Duque said: “We have made great strides in eliminating rabies particularly in the Visayas region where a number of provinces were declared rabies-free. Let us continue this positive trend and work together towards completely eradicating this deadly disease. It is my hope to declare Philippines a rabies-free country by 2030.” 

http://philippineslifestyle.com/headless-corpse-rabid-street-dog/

 

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noddle

So the dog had the last laugh  ...... ( after been killed )

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Lordblacknail

Jesus flaming christ, are people that hungry and stupid?

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SkyMan

Did they get a result back from the testing yet or are they just assuming the worst, which I would until there's proof otherwise.

I really wonder how many of these knew the dog was a suspect rabies case?  Perhaps someone took the dog and cooked it up for some of his 'friends.'

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Jawny

A test to determine if the dog was rabid is fairly quick.  The dog was almost certainly not immunized. Rabies shots are inexpensive, though a very poor individual may not have the money. Most communities have access to the treatment at a nearby public hospital. 

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SkyMan
3 hours ago, Jawny said:

The dog was almost certainly not immunized. Rabies shots are inexpensive, though a very poor individual may not have the money.

You're right the dog probably wasn't vaccinated but I'm willing to bet the vaccinations are free in most municipalities.  They are here in Liloan.  People are just too lazy to get it done.  Neuterings are free in Cebu City but their are few in line to get them done.

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streak03

Should have let nature take its course and thinned out that gene pool..

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cogon88
19 hours ago, Lordblacknail said:

Jesus flaming christ, are people that hungry and stupid?

They're more stupid then hungry this is not uncommon behaviour here. The Rabies Vaccination for dogs is free.

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Sealover
On 3/7/2019 at 8:59 PM, SkyMan said:

You're right the dog probably wasn't vaccinated but I'm willing to bet the vaccinations are free in most municipalities.  They are here in Liloan.  People are just too lazy to get it done.  Neuterings are free in Cebu City but their are few in line to get them done.

Neuterings are free in most places but only 1-2 times a year and it's done by vet students. Here in Dumaguete line is long, people come from far away, some bring even 4-5 animals in cages. Rabies vaccination you can get free all year, just bring the dog to the public vet. I'm an animal lover and bring every year 2-3 street dogs to be neutered, in my point of view it's the way to solve the problem with too many street dogs

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RangerUp
On 3/7/2019 at 8:54 AM, softail said:

24 people

That's a big dog. Last year it was only 12 people.

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Sealover

It against the law to eat dogs in the Philippines, you can be fined or get shorter jail time, but the problem is, who cares 

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