COTABATO - A total of 618 dog bite cases were recorded in Kidapawan City in North Cotabato for the first five months of this year.
Kidapawan City veterinarian Dr. Eugene Gornez said the figure is lower than the 700 dog bite cases recorded during the same period last year.
For the whole of 2013, a total of 900 dog bite cases were recorded in Kidapawan City.
Gornez said the bites mostly came from domesticated animals.
"Accidental kasi sila yung mga pet. Alaga sa bahay. Sa mga kaso na yan usually ang nangyayari is naapakan yung buntot ng aso, nakagat habang pinapakain yung aso, habang pinapaliguan," he said.
One resident, Jiffy Rabago, 28, died the other day allegedly due to rabies.
Rabago was bitten by a dog last May 2013 but did not immediately manifest symptoms of rabies.
"Yung case niya naman kasi after a year pa. Last week, he was hospitalized. The doctor said it was due to [urinary tract infection] and hypertension but later nakitaan na siya ng sintomas like takot siya sa hangin at tubig. Symptoms na kumalat na yung rabies and yun nga eventually, he died," Gornez said.
Last April, another resident also died due to rabies.
The Kidapawan Veterinary Office is going house-to-house to inform residents about the dangers of dog bites and rabies.
Two people died of rabies in Kidapawan last year.