RITM Live brings focus on rabies and animal bites

The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, through its Communication and Engagement Office (CEO), wrapped up the Rabies Awareness Month with the third episode of RITM Live: Ask the Expert series. RITM Animal Bite Treatment Center (ABTC) Head Dr. Mark Joseph S. Castellano headlined the episode broadcasted on March 31, shedding light on rabies and explaining continue reading : RITM Live brings focus on rabies and animal bites

Dog Population and Vaccination: Finding the Right Ratio to Achieve Rabies-Free Philippines

Dogs transmit 99% of cases of recorded human rabies deaths. It is estimated that 59,000 human deaths occur annually worldwide due to rabies. The annual average of deaths due to rabies in the country is 231, putting us behind in the goal of achieving a Rabies-free Philippines by 2022. According to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), continue reading : Dog Population and Vaccination: Finding the Right Ratio to Achieve Rabies-Free Philippines

NTD Awareness Month: Rabies

January is World Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Awareness Month. In line with this, let’s learn more about Rabies, one of the prevalent NTDs in the Philippines.

VRD-SPL train RADDLs, LGUs on dFAT

The Veterinary Research Department – Special Pathogens Unit (VRD-SPL) trained Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratories (RADDLs) and local government units (LGUs) on rabies diagnosis in the Intensive Training Course on Rabies Direct Fluorescent Antigen Test (DFAT) last September 2-6, 2019 at the RITM Training Center. Rabies dFAT is a diagnostic test in which brain tissue is kept with continue reading : VRD-SPL train RADDLs, LGUs on dFAT

RITM to enhance rabies lab surveillance with new histopathology equipment

Gearing towards improving laboratory surveillance system for rabies elimination, the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM)inaugurated histopathology equipment donated by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on Friday, May 10, 2019. Following the Philippine-Japan cooperation to establish a rabies prevention and treatment network model in 2018, RITM, with support of JICA and the Regional Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory 3 continue reading : RITM to enhance rabies lab surveillance with new histopathology equipment

VRD leads 1st Rabies Conference, Lab Diagnostic Procedure Workshop

RITM, through its Veterinary Research Department conducted the first Rabies Conferenceon March 18, 2019 at the RITM Auditorium and a week-long Rabies Laboratory Diagnostic Workshop on March 19-22, 2019 at the RITM Training Center. The conference served as an avenue to disseminate various significant research findings and updates on ongoing RITM researchers and joint surveillance projects with private and continue reading : VRD leads 1st Rabies Conference, Lab Diagnostic Procedure Workshop

RITM Vet team evaluates possible use of faster, cheaper rabies detection kit

Detecting rabies on animals may now possibly be cheaper and quicker following ongoing evaluation studies on rabies antigen detection kit. RITM veterinarian and head of the Special Pathogens Laboratory Dr. Catalino Demetria said they found 98.69% sensitivity, 100% specificity, and 98.98% accuracy on the use of rapid immunochromatographic test or RICT in diagnosing animals for continue reading : RITM Vet team evaluates possible use of faster, cheaper rabies detection kit

JAPOHR Project to eliminate rabies with novel techniques

Principal Investigators Dr. Beatriz P. Quiambao from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), and Dr. Akira Nishizono from Oita University will spearhead a five-year research study entitled, “The Project for the establishment of the One Health prevention and treatment network model for the elimination of rabies in the Philippines,” along with Japanese and Philippine continue reading : JAPOHR Project to eliminate rabies with novel techniques

RITM, GARC, LGU intensifies rabies prevention and control with new community-based surveillance system

Muntinlupa is set to see heightened rabies prevention and control with the Community-Based Rabies Surveillance (CBRS) Project collaboratively launched by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC), the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), and the City Government of Muntinlupa. Through CBRS, hospitals and local health facilities will adapt an early warning and rapid response continue reading : RITM, GARC, LGU intensifies rabies prevention and control with new community-based surveillance system