The mother of one of two girls bitten by their rabid pet dog has expressed relief that neither child was infected by the rabies virus. (Pix by ABDULLAH YUSOF)

TAIPING: The mother of one of two girls bitten by their rabid pet dog has expressed relief that neither child was infected by the rabies virus.

The 40-year-old, who wished only to be known as Ooi, said she has been receiving visitors at her home in Kuala Sepetang here asking after her daughter and niece.

She said her daughter, Lee Xue Fen, 12 and niece, Lee Rou, 11, who were bitten by the dog on July 4, were treated at the Kuala Sepetang Health Clinic and sent home.

She denied reports that the girls were admitted to hospital.

"People have been coming to my house to ask about the incident. It is disturbing.

"The children are healthy and have been going to school as usual. They are currently being monitored," she told reporters when met at her home today.

The state government today declared the Matang sub-district of Taiping as a "rabies infection area.”

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said measures are being taken to contain the spread of the disease, including launching a vaccination exercise on pets.

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