At current only a couple had been reported to have contracted rabies amidst the large number of bite reported cases in the state. Pix by Amran Hamid.

ALOR STAR: The state Health Department has received a total of 70 reports on dog bites as of Wednesday (October 7), an increase of 22 cases from the week before.

According to state health director Datuk Dr Norhizan Ismail, Kuala Muda recorded the highest number of dog bite cases with 21.

This was followed by Kulim with 18, Kubang Pasu at 10, Kota Star with 7, Bandar Baharu and Langkawi with 4 each, 3 in Baling, and one each in Yan and Padang Terap.

In his statement, he said from total number, only a husband and wife couple in Kota Star were placed under observation, as their dog was confirmed to have rabies.

"The Kota Star district health office will monitor the health of this couple, who have been advised to seek immediate treatment if they experience fever, headaches, and muscle fatigue," he said.

It was earlier reported that there was an outbreak of the zoonotic virus in Perlis, Kedah and Penang. Measures had been stepped up to ensure that the public is safe from the disease.