SDMC actively monitoring rabies situation in Sarawak

Poster Cegah Rabies (gambar fail)

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, May 27: The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) is still actively monitoring the rabies situation in Sarawak while fighting the Covid-19 outbreak.

SDMC chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas emphasised this after receiving a report that a child had been bitten by a dog recently.

“But we (including Department of Veterinary Services) have yet to confirm the state of the dog.

“We will update on the data tomorrow (May 28) on the ongoing anti-rabies operations and its development in the state,” he told a press conference on Covid-19 today.

Uggah reiterated that anti-rabies operations was ongoing in Sarawak with tests on dogs still being carried out.

Meanwhile, a boy aged 5-and-a-half years old was bitten on the left leg by his pet dog in an unexpected incident which happened on Sunday (May 24) at the family home in Taman Sanhill Barat, Sibu.

The victim has been given anti-rabies jab.

According to a news report, the doctor who attended to the victim notified the Sibu Rural District Council (SRDC) about the incident at 1pm on Monday (May 25).

The council then dispatched several staff to the house but upon arrival, they found that the dog had died at 8.30am.

The carcass was sent to the Veterinary Department at 4.10pm to determine if the dog had rabies.—DayakDaily