4 unvaccinated pets infected with rabies at Jln Wan Alwi, Tmn Stakan Jaya, Jln Kapor, Sg Maong Tengah

Wee disclosing the rabies cases in Kuching this week during his ShallWeeTalk online session on Dec 9, 2023.

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Dec 9: Four cases of rabies-positive pets were identified at Jalan Wan Alwi, Taman Stakan Jaya, Jalan Kapor, and Sungai Maong Tengah this week.

Kuching South City Council (MBKS) Mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng disclosed that two cases involved pet cats at Jalan Wan Alwi and Taman Stakan Jaya, while the other two cases involved pet dogs at Jalan Kapor and Sungai Maong Tengah.

“None of these pets had received anti-rabies vaccinations.

“This year alone, 18 human rabies cases have been reported, with 15 resulting in fatalities. Since the outbreak in 2017, there have been 73 human rabies cases, leading to 65 deaths,” he said during his ShallWeeTalk online session today.

Wee expressed concern about the trend, stating that if an average of four cases is reported weekly, it would accumulate to 208 cases annually.

In response to this alarming situation, he once again urged pet owners to prioritise their pets’ well-being by ensuring they receive proper vaccinations.

“If you care and love your pets, please bring them for their vaccination. If you love your family, it is even more important that you bring your pets for vaccination. Do not take this lightly,” he reminded.

Wee urged citizens to recognise their role in the collective effort against rabies in Kuching and Sarawak.

“Please do not underestimate the severity of this issue. Preventing this serious but preventable disease requires everyone’s commitment. Each citizen has a responsibility to contribute to the community’s well-being,” he added. — DayakDaily