PASIR SALAK: Several areas of Sarawak, particularly Serian district, are expected to be quarantined as part of efforts to contain the current rabies outbreak there, Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman said.
However, the quarantine will not be enforced on the entire district, as doing so may have a negative effect on the lives of the area’s residents.
"The quarantine will be enforced if the situation becomes serious, but at the same time, the pros and cons must be looked at before such action is taken.
“The Sarawak Veterinary Services Department is taking various steps to curb the spread of the virus," said Tajuddin.
The Pasir Salak Member of Parliament was speaking to reporters at the Pasir Salak Parliamentary constituency Aidilfitri open house at Taman Kekal Pengeluaran Makanan, Degong yesterday.
There are four confirmed rabies cases in Serian, three of which have resulted in deaths.
Tajuddin said according to a statement from the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee, the Veterinary Services Department has vaccinated 3,785 pets as of yesterday, compared with 2,801 on Friday.
Of the total, 952 were dogs, 2,810 cats and 23 other animals.
The statement said that from April 1 to July 15, a mass detection programme of active cases revealed that there were 290 incidents (of dog bites) within a radius of 10km from the outbreak “ground zero” of Serian. Sixty-six of the 290 cases were new cases reported from July 2-15, while 14 dog bite cases were detected yesterday alone. -- BERNAMA