Efforts to contain rabies outbreak in Serian continue


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 16 Jul 2017

KUCHING: Authorities in Sarawak are continuing to carry out active case detection and vaccination to contain the rabies outbreak in Serian district.

As of 5pm yesterday, the number of confirmed cases remained at four. Three of the victims have died while the fourth case, a five-year-old girl from Kampung Ampungan, is still in critical condition at the Sarawak General Hospital.

According to the State Disaster Management Committee, 290 dog bite cases were detected within a 10km radius of the affected areas in Serian from April 1 until Friday, of which 66 were new cases from July 2 onwards, and 229 cases were treated.

Making it safe: Veterinary officers giving anti-rabies jabs to a dog and cat at the Balai Babuk Gawing as part of a mass vaccination exercise in Serian.

“As there are still new dog bite cases, household pet owners are advised not to let their pets roam around,” the committee said in a statement.

It also said the Sarawak Veterinary Services Department had vaccinated 3,785 animals in the affected areas, comprising 952 dogs, 2,810 cats and 23 other animals.

Yesterday the vaccination was done at Kampung Remun, Kampung Mentung, Kampung Diang Ipuh, Kampung Ranchan, Kampung Engkabang, Kampung Koran, Kampung Tangga and Kampung Sumpas, while rabies awareness campaigns were held at the Serian community hall, Kampung Tangga and Kampung Bedup.

In addition, a mass vaccination exercise was carried out in Serian town over the weekend for animals in residential areas and nearby villages.

The department will continue to send vaccination teams to other villages in the district to reduce the movement of animals.

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