20 areas in Sarawak record rabies cases so far in 2022

Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom. Photo credit: Ukas

KUCHING, May 20: Twenty areas in Sarawak have had rabies cases recorded in them from January to March 19 this year, said Minister for Modernisation of Agriculture and Regional Development Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom.

According to Rundi in a statement today, the areas are within a 10km radius of the previously declared rabies-infected areas, which was last declared in July 2021.

Meanwhile, Rundi said a total of 72 areas in Sarawak has been declared as rabies-infected areas; namely in Kuching (7), Samarahan (4), Serian (22), Sri Aman (6), Betong (3), Sarikei (5), Sibu (3), Kapit (1), Mukah (6), Bintulu (5), Miri (8) and Limbang (2).

As of today, he disclosed, the cumulative figure of anti-rabies vaccination by the Department of Veterinary Services Sarawak (DVSS) across Sarawak since the outbreak was declared in 2017 now stands at 220,534.

“Booster (annual) vaccination for dogs is still low and we urge the public to get their pet dogs vaccinated annually,” he added. — DayakDaily