A total of 1176 cases have been reported from January 1, 2014 to June 30,2018 (Fig. 1). Cases from 2014 to 2017 ranges from 245 to 266 with an average of 258 cases each year. As of June 30, 2018, one hundred forty-four (144) cases have been reported. This figure represents 4% decrease compared to the same period last year (NZI 50). Only 4% (n=6) of the reported cases was laboratory confirmed, 92% (n=132) were classified probable or having exposure to suspected rabid animal while the remaining 4% (n=6) were suspect cases (Fig 2).
Profile of Cases (2018)
92% (n=133) of cases were due to exposure to suspected Rabid Dogs, followed by Cats (3%). Almost half (49%) were domesticated (pet) while 38% were stray. Four (4) out of 144 rabies cases were bitten by a dog vaccinated against rabies.
59% percent of cases were hospitalized in facilities outside their province of residence. Facilities in the National Capital Region (NCR) reported majority (32%) of cases in 2018.