There’s a rabies epidemic in the Philippines, and that’s not an exaggeration. According to Minerva Vinluan, MD, head of the Department of Health’s National Rabies Program, “one case of rabies is considered an epidemic.” Why? Because rabies is easily transmitted—through saliva by a bite or scratch or licks on broken skin or mucous membrane, such as the eyes, nose, or mouth. Although very rare, a case of person-to-person transmission has occurred when saliva droplets were dispersed in the air. Here, Dr. Vinluan sounds the alarm against rabies once more.

(First published in Good Housekeeping Philippines, Good Health section as “Bow Out” in March 2005; adapted for use in Female Network)

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