Kuala Lumpur: More than 200 dogs were vaccinated in Sg Sadi in Sarawak on Thursday in order to tackle the spread of the rabies virus. The initiative was launched by the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) Sarawak and JKKK of Tanjung Maling in Engkilo village.
The move came after a breakout of rabies was declared in Sarawak on 30 July 2017, killing at least 27 people as of now.
According to reports, the programme was held in Engkilo village from 9 am to 3 pm to vaccinate dogs in the area.
After receiving a good response from villagers, a similar campaign is being conducted on SJKC Ting Sing in Sungai Bidut today in order to fight against the deadly virus.
Recently, a 34-year-old woman died of rabies after an infected dog bit her. She was diagnosed with rabies encephalitis after suffering from weakness in both legs for five days.
Health Director-General Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah confirmed the news and stated that the victim resided near a rubbish disposal site, where there were many free-roaming dogs.