Number of rabies-infected areas in Sarawak rises to 59

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, Dec 21: Another rabies outbreak area has been detected, this time it is at Salcra Roban South, Saratok.

This brings the total number of rabies-infected areas in the state to 59.

State Disaster Management Committee chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said in a statement today that the latest area is outside the 10km radius of the areas that have been declared as rabies-infected.

Members of the public are reminded not to let their dogs roam freely or bring them out of rabies outbreak areas without the written permission of the State Veterinary Authority.

A fine not exceeding RM5,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 3 months or both can be imposed upon conviction under Section 37(2) & (3) of the Veterinary Public Health Ordinance 1999. — DayakDaily