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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 or during Rabies Ops by the vaccination team. 

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27 Jun 2020 - 62-year-old man from Sibu becomes latest rabies victim in Sarawak

Source: The Borneo Post, Sarawak

SIBU: A 62-year-old man has become the latest victim to succumb to rabies in Sarawak. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah confirmed in a press statement today that the victim from Sibu died at 7pm on June 23 while receiving intensive care from medical specialists. He said the victim was bitten by a dog who belonged to his relative on his right calf when visiting his relative’s house in Jalan Sentosa Barat here on May 12.

“He had washed his wounds with soap for 15 minutes and sought treatment at a health facility. However, he did not return to the facility concerned for an anti-rabies vaccination,” Dr Noor said. He added that the victim started to experience weakness and cramps in the legs on June 12 and on June 19, he was referred to Sibu Hospital for further treatment and was hospitalised on the same day.

“The patient died on June 23. He was confirmed to be have been infected with rabies through a laboratory test carried out by the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) on June 25,” said Dr Noor. The number of rabies cases this year stands at two, while the cumulative number of cases in Sarawak since the outbreak was declared in the state on July 2017 currently stands at 24 cases with 23 deaths.

14 Jun 2020 - Sarawak disaster committee declares 10 areas in Sibu as rabies-positive

Source: MalayMail

Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah says the State Disaster Management Committee has declared 10 areas in Sibu as rabies positive after two children were bitten by rabid dogs. — Picture courtesy of Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas)

KUCHING, June 13 — The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) has declared 10 areas in Sibu as rabies positive after two children were bitten by rabid dogs, its chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said today.

He said the areas are Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Lorong Permai Timur, Kampung Bahagia Jaya Teku, Sibujaya, Batu ½ Jalan Oya, Jalan Hua Kiew, Ulu Sungai Merah, Taman Sanhill Barat, Jalan Oya Lama and Jalan Sentosa.

“All these areas are within a 10km radius of the two previously declared rabies-infected areas in Sibu,” he said in a statement. A five-year-old girl died on March 26 after she was bitten by a stray dog at Jalan Sentosa on March 6, while a five-year-old boy was bitten by a pet dog at his home at Taman Sanhill Barat on May 25 after which he was admitted to the Sibu Hospital for treatment. Twenty-three people have died after they were bitten by rabid dogs since the rabies outbreak in Sarawak in 2017.

A total of 64 areas in Sarawak have been declared as rabies-infected areas since 2017. Uggah warned dog owners that they must keep their dogs under effective control by either confining the pets within an enclosed area from which it is impossible for them to escape or tying them up securely.

“The local authorities may seize and impound any dog which is not on a leash in accordance with the Local Authorities (Dog Licensing and Control) by-laws, 2018,” he said. He said owners who let their pets roam freely on the streets are liable to a fine not exceeding RM2,500 under Section 37 of the Veterinary Public Health Ordinance, 1999. He said, in accordance with the Anti-rabies Vaccination Order, all dogs in Sarawak must be vaccinated against rabies.

He said any owner or person in charge of a dog who fails without reasonable cause to comply with the Order is deemed to be guilty of an offence, adding that the maximum penalty is RM2,500 under Section 40 of the Veterinary Public Health Ordinance (VPHO), 1999.

“Dogs without evidence of vaccination may be detained or removed under this section,” Uggah, who is also the deputy chief minister, warned. He said since January 1 this year, the Department of Veterinary Services Sarawak (DVSS) has vaccinated a total of 7,518 dogs with anti-rabies vaccination. He added 41 per cent of this figure are booster vaccination.

“The cumulative number of dogs vaccinated from 2017 until yesterday is 158,322,” Uggah said, adding that the anti-rabies vaccination is ongoing even during this recovery movement control order (RMCO). He added owners can bring their dogs to any DVSS divisional offices to get their free anti-rabies vaccination during office hours.

However, he said, they have to adhere to the current standard operating procedures (SOPs) such as social distancing, using hand sanitiser and wearing face masks. For certain areas in Sarawak, he said DVSS will conduct mobile vaccinations at kampungs to reach out to rural areas in Sarawak. He also stressed that it is mandatory for all dogs in rabies-infected areas to get vaccinated against rabies.

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