Number of rabies-infected areas in Sarawak rises to 59

Rabies can be spread through animal bites. — file pic

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