KUALA LUMPUR: Five villages in the Serian district have been declared as rabies-affected areas.
The New Straits Times reported that the gazette notification from the Sarawak Government comes under Section 37 of the Veterinary Public Ordinance 1999.
The five villages are Kampung Lebor, Kampung Paon Rimu, Kampung Kerait, Kampung Paun Rimu Bakung and Kampung Remun.
All household dogs in the infected and surveillance areas within a 10-kilometre radius must be vaccinated with anti-rabbies vaccine, according to Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas.
Meanwhile, Bernama reported that the Health Ministry has not ruled out the possibility that the rabies virus could have been transmitted from Kalimantan, Indonesia.
With Serian situated next to Kalimantan, Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahya informed that previously nine similar cases were reported in the neighbouring country, leading to the ministry not ruling out the possibility that the virus could have been transmitted from Indonesia.
Dr Hilmi however assured the public as the matter is under control as there have been no new rabies positive cases reported in Sarawak, or any other states.
Last week, it was reported that three children were infected by rabies.
Dr Hilmi said the condition of the three are still critical as of yesterday.