4 deaths among 6 rabies cases in Sarawak since Jan 2023, Sibu registers highest with 3 cases

Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom. Photo credit: Ukas

By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, March 3: As of today since the beginning of 2023, Sarawak has registered six rabies cases, out of which four victims have passed away.

This was revealed by Food Industries, Commodities and Regional Development Minister Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi.  

He said among the surviving two victims, one has been discharged while the other is still warded.

Sibu is the division with the highest number of cases, recording three out of the six cases while one case each was reported respectively in Kanowit, Serian and Bintulu.

Dr Rundi said the Department of Veterinary Services Sarawak (DVS) will continue its follow-up efforts with strict surveillance and more mass vaccinations.

“Councils in their respective areas have been alerted to do regular and more stray removal activities.

“IBET Team (Immune Belt Enforcement Team) with DVS will do village to village vaccination in these affected areas along the border.

“The Health Ministry will also strengthen their awareness and be put on high alert on bite cases,” Dr Rundi told DayakDaily. — DayakDaily