Samples of suspected rabid animals sent to Ipoh lab for tests

SMK Julau No. 1, in Julau, Sarikei has been declared a rabies-infected area.

KUCHING: Twenty-one samples, taken from rabid dogs and cats in outbreak-hit Serian, is sent to the Veterinary Research Institute (VRI) lab in Ipoh for tests as the Department of Veterinary Services continue to round up more suspected dogs in the five villages declared rabies infected.

They samples are from 19 dogs and two cats the department had taken custody for tests.

The department in a statement today said to date, they have vaccinated 126 dogs and 564 cats and had tested 212 dogs and 559 cats in the infected areas.

The department said a clinical surveillance work carried out within a kilometre radius from Kampung Remun, took in a dog after it was found to be displaying “clinical symptoms of aggression”.

It also stated 10 dogs and one cat in Kampung Paon Rimu, Paon Rimu Bakong, Lebor and Krait, the other four infected villages, are now being monitored for signs of rabies.

The department has also vaccinated two pet foxes and one squirrel.

As the source of the rabies outrbreak is suspected to be from Indonesian Kalimantan, Sarawak has banned the movement and import of all animals from Kalimantan and all entry points along the Sarawak-Kalimantan border near Serian have been tightened for such movements. – dayakdaily.com