September 25, 2017

PASIR SALAK: Several areas in Sarawak are expected to be quarantined following an outbreak of rabies in the Serian district, said Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman.

However, he said the quarantine would not involve the entire district because it may affect the socio-economic status of the people.

“The quarantine will be enforced if the situation becomes serious but at the same time, the pros and cons must be looked at before such an action is taken. The Sarawak Veterinary Services Department is taking various steps to curb the spread of the virus,” said Tajuddin.

The Pasir Salak MP was speaking to reporters at the Pasir Salak parliamentary constituency Aidilfitri open house at Taman Kekal Pengeluaran Makanan, Degong, here on Saturday night.

There were four confirmed rabies cases in Serian. Three children had died and another warded at the Sarawak General Hospital.

Tajuddin said according to a statement from the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee, the Veterinary Services Department had vaccinated 3,785 pets as of Saturday evening compared with 2,801 on Friday.

From the total, 952 were dogs, 2,810 cats and 23 other animals.

The statement said from April 1 to July 15, a mass detection programme of active cases revealed that there were 290 cases (dog bites) within a radius of 10km from the outbreak area in Serian.

According to the statement, 66 of the 290 cases were new cases reported from July 2-15, while on Saturday alone, 14 dog bite cases were detected. – Bernama

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