Council acts to curb spread of rabies


  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 02 Apr 2020

SMC stepping up efforts to catch all dogs on the street regardless of whether or not they were licensed. — Filepic

SIBU: Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) is taking more aggressive measures to curb the spread of rabies following the death of a five-year-old girl of it.

The death of the girl was the first reported rabies case in Sarawak this year.

The girl from Jalan Sentosa was bitten by a dog on March 8 on her face, mouth, and eyelids.

She was sent to Sibu Hospital for treatment on the same day. She was given anti-tetanus, Rabies immunoglobulin, and three doses of anti-rabies vaccine on two separate days.

Health Ministry director-general Datuk Noor Hisham Abdullah said the girl was discharged from hospital on March 16 but was re-admitted on March 25 with symptoms of rabies. She, however, died the next day.

SMC chairman Clarence Ting said the council was stepping up efforts to catch all dogs on the street regardless of whether or not the dogs were licensed.

“Although the incident took place in the Sentosa area, SMC staff will also go to all areas to capture all dogs within a radius of 5km to 10km from the scene, ” he said.

He urged all owners not to

leave their dogs out without supervision as they might be infected by others.

Ting said since the incident, SMC has caught 39 dogs in the Sentosa area.

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