IPOH: The Perak government has now declared the Matang sub-district a "rabies controlled area" effective Tuesday.
On July 17, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir had declared the sub-district a "rabies infection area" to stop the spread of the disease following the death of a rabid dog which had bitten two children in Kuala Sepetang.
State Health Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said the decision to declare the area a "rabies controlled area" was made after 43 samples taken by the authorities returned negative results.
"Many would wonder why we have not de-gazetted the area but we are following international standards when it comes to disease control or prevention," said Dr. Mah.
He added that it takes about two years to de-gazette an area.
"We are following strict procedures, there are a few steps we have to take in order to de-gazette the place. Declaring it as a rabies controlled area is one of steps," Dr Mah told reporters at the state secretariat building Monday.He said this measure was also taken to ensure the continuous monitoring of animals in the area.