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  ENGLISH TITLE      Profile of Philippine General Hospital – Anti-Rabies Unit (PGH-ARU) animal bite patients and their bite exposure: a 2006 retrospective study.
  PERSONAL AUTHOR(S)      Ambas CD
  PERSONAL AUTHOR(S)      Montalban CS
  PERSONAL AUTHOR(S)      Bravo LC
  SOURCE DOCUMENT      Acta Med Philipp 2007 Jul-Dec 41(2):72-77
  ENCODER      Lorna
  PHYSICAL CLASSIFICATION      PR
  TYPE OF MATERIAL/DOCUMENT      AR
  LANGUAGE OF TEXT      En
  SUBJECT HEADINGS (MESH)      RABIES
  SUBJECT HEADINGS (MESH)      VACCINES
  SUBJECT HEADINGS (MESH)      RABIES VACCINES
  KEYWORDS (NON-MESH)      BITING ANIMAL
  KEYWORDS (NON-MESH)      BITE EXPOSURE
  KEYWORDS (NON-MESH)      SOCIO-DEMOGRAPHY
  KEYWORDS (NON-MESH)      WOUND MANAGEMENT
  ABSTRACT      Rabies is a zoonotic disease transmitted to humans and other animals by infected animals. Globally, most human deaths are caused by dog bites and approximately 90% occur in Asia. In 2006, the Department of Health (DOH) reported that the National Capital Region (NCR) had the highest number of animal bite cases with low human rabies cases compared to other provinces and regions, with relatively low animal bite cases but with high human rabies cases. This study was conducted to describe the socio-demographic profile of animal bite patients and the biting animal, bite exposure, wound management, vaccine treatment and their follow-up status. The research design used was a retrospective descriptive study at the Philippine General Hospital - Anti-Rabies Unit (PGH-ARU) of all patients seen, examined and treated during the year 2006. Data was gathered at the Rabies Registry and encoded in questionnaire form with the use of Epi-Info 6 software. The study showed a need for more comprehensive information, education and communication campaign programs because of a high proportion of patients still using traditional and herbal medicines to treat their bite wounds. There is a need for more in-depth collaboration with all the concerned agencies to attain the National Rabies Prevention and Control Program (NRPCP) objective to eliminate rabies and declare Philippines rabies-free by the year 2020. (Auth)
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