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1) To all dog owner, do not let loose of your dogs whether in town, residential and longhouses area. Get your dog vaccinated. Please keep your dog under effective control within an enclosed area which it is impossible for the dog to escape or tying it up securely. Your cooperation is highly appreciated. Any owners that failed to vaccinate their dogs will be fine not exceeding RM 2,500 under the Veterinary Public Health Ordinance 1999 Section 40. PLEASE BE A RESPONSIBLE OWNER! 

2) Residents are advised to take advantage of the opportunities to have their pet dogs vaccinated with anti-rabies vaccine for free during mass vacccination.

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24 Nov 2020 - Senator calls for regular official updates on rabies

Source: The Borneo Post

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SIBU: Providing regular public updates and reminders on rabies would help prevent unnecessary panic and spread of fake news, said Senator Robert Lau. He highlighted this in a statement yesterday, issued in response to the news about the latest rabies fatality in Sarawak.

According to Lau, the information that could be updated regularly should include the number of dog bites and the locations where they occur, the number of confirmed cases under hospitalisation and also the number of cases under investigation.

“It is hoped that there would be more updates and reminders (about rabies cases) so that the public could obtain the verified information and also, there would be no unnecessary panic and rumours,” said the senator.

On Nov 21, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said a 16-year-old girl who died on Nov 11, was confirmed as the sixth rabies fatality in Sarawak. Lau said this was upsetting as it had been more than three years since the first death due to rabies was reported in Sarawak.

“In October (this year), the fourth fatality was a woman from Sibu. This caused uneasiness among the folk here because the woman was reported to have been bitten about two years ago.

“There have also been reports of dog bites in other parts of Sibu, striking fear into the hearts of many people here.” Lau acknowledged that with most of the attention and resources being focused on the fight against Covid-19, rabies had somewhat been ‘out of the news’ until the latest fatality was reported.

“We have to take this threat seriously again – everyone must play their part; the dog owners must have their pets vaccinated and keep them within the house compounds,” he pointed out.

23 Nov 2020 - 16-year-old girl latest rabies fatality in Sarawak

Source: The Borneo Post

KUCHING (Nov 21): A 16-year-old girl who died on Nov 11 was confirmed as the sixth person to die of rabies in Sarawak this year, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah today.

He said the girl died at 3.45pm on Nov 11 at the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH), and was confirmed to be infected with the rabies virus through laboratory tests conducted by the Institute of Medical Research (IMR) the next day. The girl was admitted to SGH on Nov 10 after having fever for three days, weakness in the lower limbs and showing aggressive behaviour.

“Investigations have found no history of dog or other animal bites in this case. She only had a scratch mark on her right leg but her family members could not give details about it. She had four 4 cats and one dog. All of the pets have never been vaccinated but until now, the pets are in good health and there has been no change in behavior,” said Dr Noor Hisham in a statement.

Following this latest fatality, he said the latest case brought the total rabies deaths in the state this year to five and total accumulative number of fatal rabies cases in Sarawak to 27 since rabies outbreak was declared on July 1, 2017. The latest case occurred a month after the fifth fatality involving a 42-year-old man who died at the SGH on Oct 20.

Dr Noor Hisham said the Ministry of Health and Sarawak Health Department (JKN Sarawak) will continue to monitor the rabies situation in Sarawak. He added they will share the latest related information to the Sarawak Department of Veterinary Services (DVS Sarawak) and DVS Malaysia to ensure that rabies prevention and control measures are implemented promptly and comprehensively.

“The cooperation of all Sarawakians is very much needed, by fully complying with all the advice from the government and the authorities to ensure that the problem of rabies in the state can be controlled. Do not let pets roam or dispose of them in public areas,” he said. He also advised the public to seek immediate treatment at a nearby health clinic or hospital if bitten by animal.

Those who are bitten by a dog or other animal must wash the bitten body parts with running water and soap for at least 15 minutes to remove the saliva, he said again.

“Make sure your pet dogs have received anti-rabies vaccination every year from the nearest animal clinic and avoid your pets mixing it with other dogs or wild animals; If a pet dog or cat is found to have change in behavior including aggressiveness, seek immediate treatment at a veterinary clinic and report to the nearest Veterinary Services Department. Report to the Local Authority if there are stray dogs roaming in your area of ​​residence,” he added.

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