Positive animal rabies cases: 5 in Kuching, 1 in Sibu as of August

Rabies can be spread through animal bites. — DayakDaily.com file pic

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KUCHING, Aug 18: Kuching recorded five positive animal rabies cases, while Sibu reported one as of August.

In Kuching, the cases are detected in Taman Lovelyland in Jalan Batu Kawa, Bayang Estate, Taman Seng Goon in 3 ½ Mile along Jalan Penrissen, Jalan Ajibah Abol, and Jalan Bintawa in Bintawa Village, while in Sibu, the case was detected in Jalan Belatok Utara 4.

Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) Sarawak Dr Adrian Susin Ambud said given the increase in rabies cases, DVS Sarawak has intensified its anti-rabies vaccination programmes throughout Sarawak for dog owners in Bintulu, Miri, and Serian will take place on Aug 19 and 20.

“It will be held at Miri Public Park (Miri) compound from 9am to 4pm on both days.

“In Serian, it will be held at the multipurpose hall of SJK Chung Hua (Serian) from 8am to 3pm only on August 19, along with licensing and microchipping collaboration with Angels Initiative & Stop Rabies Programme,” he said in a statement today.

Dr Adrian said on Aug 19 and 20, a house-to-house rabies vaccination programme will be held along the area of 7th Mile until 9th Mile, as well as along Jalan Bintulu-Miri (Bintulu) from 8am to 5pm.

He also said that similar programmes would be conducted in the public hall of Sepupuk Niah in Miri on Aug 26 and 27 from 9am to 4pm and in Bukit Engkerbai and Lubok Bemban area in Mukah on August 26 from 9am-4pm.

“After the vaccination, dog owners are to quarantine and isolate their dogs for 28 days to let them build immunity against rabies.

“They must ensure their dogs are kept within their home compounds,” he added.

On Aug 15, Minister for Food Industry, Commodity and Regional Development Sarawak Dato Sri Stephen Rundi Utom disclosed that Marudi District had been declared a rabies-infected area. — DayakDaily