5 more rabies outbreak areas detected, bringing total to 41

The rabies virus spreads through the saliva of infected animals. According to the World Health Organisation, about 99 per cent of cases of humans infected with rabies are the result of dog bites.

KUCHING, Sept 27: The Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee has declared five more new rabies outbreak areas, raising the total to 41 locations in the state.

The new areas are Jalan Teng Chin Hua in Sibu; Jalan Kilang, Bintangor in Sarikei; Jalan Airport Lama in Kapit; and Piasau Jaya and Lutong Shell in Miri.

The committee secretariat said in a statement that the decision to declare the new rabies outbreak areas was made by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, in his capacity as the chairman of the committee.

Members of the public are advised to (i) strictly avoid adopting or purchasing dogs of unknown vaccination status and sources, (ii) have their dog vaccinated against rabies, and (iii) to call the nearest veterinary office if their pets show signs of rabies, such as turning aggressive, biting objects, excessive salivation and in-coordination.

Those who have not had their dog vaccinated must bring their dogs to the nearest divisional veterinary office for anti-rabies vaccination. The office is open for this purpose from 8am to 10am from Mondays to Fridays (except public holidays). Alternatively, go to the nearest private veterinary clinic.

“Annual booster is required to ensure your pets are fully protected. The public can also access the Sarawak Disaster Information Facebook page, Instagram and Youtube for more updated information regarding upcoming anti-rabies mass vaccination and the current situation of rabies in Sarawak,” the statement said, adding that public cooperation was needed to eradicate rabies.

The public is also encouraged to communicate with the government through the above online platforms. — DayakDaily