According to Mayor Raul Banias, the localgovernment of Concepcion worked hard to make these areas rabies-free to furtherboost the municipality’s tourism industry and protect its people and visitors. * control dog population throughspaying and neutering Previously declared as such were theisland barangays of Botlog Daku, Tambaliza, Macatunao, Malangabang, Salvacion,and Talo-toan. * school- and community-basedinformation and education campaign on rabies The rabies virus primarily affectsthe central nervous system. The early symptoms of rabies in people are similarto those of many other infection — fever, headache, and general weakness ordiscomfort. * advocacy campaign emphasizingpreventive behaviors/PN * strict implementation ofRepublic Act 9482 or the Anti-Rabies Act of 2007 specifically on responsiblepet ownership * an ordinance promoting responsiblepet ownership Rabies, while fatal, is preventablewith vaccination. It primarily affects warm-blooded animals other than man,notably dogs, cats, rats, and bats, but which can be transmitted to humans byinfected animals. Perhaps, he said, the twomunicipalities could have a unified anti-rabies program for Tagubanhan Island. With this latest declaration, thenumber of rabies-free areas in Concepcion has risen to eight. * prohibition of dog entry without theowner securing a vaccination card. Banias urged the barangay officials ofConcepcion’s eight rabies-free islands to sustain such status of their area. The rabies virus, which is presentin the saliva of an infected animal, is passed to a human through a bite, orrarely, when the animal’s saliva gets in contact with a scratch or fresh breakin the skin. As the disease progresses, morespecific symptoms appear and may include insomnia, anxiety, confusion, slightor partial paralysis, excitation, hallucinations, agitation, salivation,difficulty in swallowing, and hydrophobia (fear of water). * passage of local ordinances inthe control of stray dogs * vaccination program on dogs Concepcion has 11 island barangaysplus islets with white-sand beaches that have been attracting tourists inrecent years. To secure a declaration of beingrabies-free, an area must not have rabies cases for two consecutive years,according to Dr. Darel Tabuada, veterinarian IV at the Iloilo ProvincialVeterinary Office. For the prevention and control ofrabies as a public health threat, the Department of Health recommended to localgovernments the following: ILOILO – The island barangays ofPolopiña and Igbon and the islets of Danao-danao and Bulubadiangan in themunicipality of Concepcion have been declared rabies-free by the RegionalRabies Control Council that is made up of the Department of Agriculture,Department of Health and Department of Interior and Local Government. Other requirements are following: * establishment of rabies controlcommittees down to the barangay level * increase/maintain dogvaccination coverage between 70-90percent to achieve herd immunity * procure human and canine/doganti-rabies vaccines Banias said he would coordinate withMayor Jett Rojas of nearby Ajuy town on the rabies status of Tagubanhan Islandwhich is made up of five barangays – two villages (Punta Buri and Tagubanhan)belong to Ajuy while three (Bagongon, Maliogliog and Dungon) belong toConcepcion.
A high-level performance from Wisconsin’s Jared Berggren will be essential against Indiana’s leading scorer, forward Cody Zeller. Zeller leads IU with 15.5 points per game.[/media-credit]It’s no secret that the Badgers have struggled in the Big Ten Tournament the past three years, failing to register a single win. On Friday, Wisconsin will seek to end its streak of three consecutive one-and-done conference tournament appearances when it takes on Indiana at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.Wisconsin (23-8, 12-6 Big Ten), the No. 4 seed in the tournament, will face Indiana (25-7, 11-7 Big Ten), the No. 5 seed, for just the second time this season. The Badgers previously bested the Hoosiers – who reached Friday’s matchup with a 75-58 trouncing of Penn State in the first round of the conference tournament – by a score of 57-50 Jan. 26 at the Kohl Center.In a tale of two sides of basketball, the best scoring defense in the nation will face off against the best scoring offense in the conference. Wisconsin currently allows opponents on average to score just 51.9 points per game, while Indiana scores an average of 77.5 points per game. Come Friday afternoon, something will have to give.If the Badgers hope to break their cold streak in the conference tournament they will need another solid game from junior big men Jared Berggren and Ryan Evans. The two combined last time around to hold Indiana’s two leading scorers, freshman Cody Zeller and junior Christian Watford, to a combined 19 points. Berggren displayed an aggressive style of defense rarely seen, swatting five Indiana shots while Evans nearly earned a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds.Currently, Indiana’s frontcourt duo averages a total of 27.3 points per game, with Zeller and Watford averaging 15.5 and 11.8 points a game, respectively. The Hoosiers also contain an extremely balanced offense, with four players averaging double figures.Indiana, who currently ranks tops in the conference for 3-point shooting at 43 percent, features six players who shoot over 40 percent. Leading the Hoosiers in three-point prowess is senior Matt Roth, who leads the entire Big Ten with an outrageous 57 percent conversion rate from behind the arc. Complimenting Roth is junior Jordan Hull, who is second in the Big Ten behind his senior classmate with a 3-point accuracy rating of 48 percent. Their success will face a stern test in the Badger defense, which currently holds opponents on average to 27 percent a game from three, good for tops in the nation.The game could be decided on how the Badgers, not the Hoosiers, shoot from beyond the arc. While Wisconsin beat Indiana in their previous meeting shooting just 4-of-17 from beyond the arc (23 percent) there haven’t been many instances the Badgers have escaped with a win while shooting poorly. In the Badgers’ 23 wins, the team has shot on average 39 percent from deep, compared to 25 percent on average in their eight losses. In games where the Badgers have shot 35 percent or more from three, the team is 18-2 compared to 5-6 in games they shoot below 35 percent.The Badgers – whose offense ranks in the bottom three of the conference at 63.8 points a game – will look to benefit offensively from the recent emergence of senior Rob Wilson, who came on nicely in the final stretch of Wisconsin’s conference schedule. In the past six games, Wilson has averaged 17 minutes on the floor while contributing six points per contest. Wilson’s recent contributions have been a major shot in the arm for a Badger offense that struggles at times, as the team comes into the tournament on a three-game winning streak. The Badgers will hope Wilson compliments star point guard Jordan Taylor’s offensive production, as the leader of the Badgers puts in a team-best 14.6 points per game.The winner of Friday afternoon’s game will face either No. 1 seed Michigan State or No. 8 seed Iowa.