Rabies is an acute infection of the central nervous system with a fatal outcome and no effective cure. According to the World Health Organization WHO, rabies ranks 12th among the major killer diseases with around 10 million people exposed annually. In the Philippines, rabies continues to be an endemic disease despite the availability of effective and safe vaccines. Incidence of rabies in the country is estimated to be 6-8 per million populations, one of the highest worldwide. The main vector of the disease in the country is the domestic dogs and to a small extent, cats.
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