Hornbill Unleashed

July 4, 2017

Sarawak identifying possible source of rabies outbreak, says DCM

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah says that the authorities are focusing on a small area for possible source of the rabies outbreak, July 2, 2017. ― Picture by Sulok TawieThe Sarawak state authorities are identifying the possible source of rabies outbreak that has infected three children in the Serian district, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said yesterday.

He said the Veterinary Department, working together with the Health Department and the Serian district council, are tracking down the source by focusing on a small area.

“We will make sure that the rabies is contained as soon as possible, that is, looking at our border with Indonesian side,” he told reporters after attending the 58th anniversary dinner of the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) last night.

Uggah, who is also the state minister of modernisation of agriculture, native land and regional development, said one of the villages in Serian district is located near the Indonesian side of the border.

“But I am not saying anything that the source of rabies is from the Indonesian side of the border,” he clarified.

Uggah said the Veterinary Department, which is under his ministry, will be calling for a meeting with the Health Department, and Sarawak Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) tomorrow to identify the best possible options to contain the spread further.

He said SSPCA is being roped in to give important feedback to the authorities,” he said when asked whether putting dogs in Serian district to sleep is a possible option.

“SSPCA has some knowledge and standard operating procedure to follow so we need feedback from them.”

He said the Veterinary Department is discussing with SSPCA what are the best possible options that can help the authorities to contain the spread of the disease.

On Friday, the health ministry confirmed three children including two siblings from the Serian district, were infected with rabies virus and were currently treated at the Sarawak General Hospital.

Source : The Malay Mail Online by SULOK TAWIE



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