Measures taken to confine rabies to locality

Jul 2, 2017

Measures are being taken to confine the rabies virus within the locality where three infected children live.

Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Douglas Uggah Embas who is also State Disaster Management Committee chairman said health clinics and hospitals near the area have also stocked up their supply of vaccine.

“We are also thoroughly investigating the source to prevent it from spreading,” he told reporters after a celebration to mark SUPP’s 58th anniversary in Kuching, last night.

On extermination of dogs in the area, he said the matter was being discussed with the Sarawak Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals (SSPCA).

Meanwhile, the three children who were reported to be infected with rabies remain in critical condition at Sarawak General Hospital’s intensive care unit.

Sarawak Health director Dr Jamilah Hashim also said when contacted that the department had not received any report of new cases.

She said a health team had been carrying out active case detection since Thursday (June 29) at the victims’ villages.

“The team is going from house to house to detect any case of dog bite while the Veterinary Department is dealing with dog control,” she said.

The Health Ministry on Friday confirmed that three children including two siblings from Kampung Paon Sungai Rimu Bakung and Kampung Lebur, Gedong in Serian District had been infected with rabies and were being treated in the ICU, Sarawak General Hospital.

The siblings are a four-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl while the third victim is a seven-year-old girl. –Bernama