IPOH: Taiping and Bukit Gantang in Perak have been gazetted as rabies-infected areas, according to the Veterinary Services Department.
Its director-general Datuk Dr Quaza Nizamuddin Hassan Nizam said this was following a report on Dec 31, 2018, when two family members at Taman Sri Kota Phase 2 in Taiping were bitten by their pet.
He said the two family members were bitten five days prior to lodging the report.
“The dog was put down on Jan 3 this year. Brain cell samples from the dog taken by the Veterinary Research Institute here tested positive for rabies,” he said in a statement on Monday (Jan 14).
Dr Quaza said surveys and more samples were taken within a 2km radius from the affected site.
“Three samples taken from stray animals tested positive last Friday (Jan 11).
We have taken 30 samples near the Tupai Business Centre and Sri Boyan,” he said.
“We have started to take samples in a 10km radius in stages.
“The survey and samplings will also be conducted in Kerian, Kuala Kangsar and Kinta,” he added.
Dr Quaza said pets within a 10km radius will be vaccinated in stages starting Tuesday (Jan 15).
“Vaccinated animals will be given an identity collar and a record booklet to be kept by owners.
“We have also began culling stray dogs within a 10km radius with the cooperation of the Taiping Municipal Council,” he said.
“I would like to advise pet owners to vaccinate their pets and keep them in cages to prevent them from being bitten by stray dogs.
“The public is also advised to stay away from stray dogs,” he said.
“If bitten, clean the wound immediately with soap,and go to the nearest clinic to be treated,” he added.
For complaints or enquiries, the Larut, Matang and Selama district Veterinary Services Department can be contacted at 05-8072703.