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Rabies-free buffer zone
Tarikh : 05 Sep 2017  Sumber Berita: The Borneo Post
 

KUCHING: Sarawak has established an ‘Immune Belt’ from Sarikei town all the way down to Lubok Antu and here to contain the rabies spread.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said in line with this, the state authorities are intensifying investigation and continue to collect samples from several areas.

“We have decided that the Immune Belt is through Sarikei town down to Lubok Antu and here. We are intensifying all our investigation and our sampling around these areas.

“So far, there is no indication that (rabies) has moved beyond Lachau. That was the last evidence we got. All the samples we have in Betong, Sri Aman, Lubok Antu, Sarikei and Sibu are negative,” he told reporters after launching the 12th convocation of Agriculture Institute of Sarawak (IPS) at Jalan Semongok near here yesterday.

Uggah, who is also state Disaster Management Committee chairman, said Sarawak would continue to take samples from animals to monitor the extent of the spread of rabies. On the results of all the latest samples collected, he said they tested negative for the virus.

“But we are not satisfied yet because according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), it needs two years for us to monitor and be able to get certified as rabies-free,” he added.

According to him, the two-year period commenced on July 1. He said the state government had also created a buffer zone covering the border areas to monitor dogs very closely.

“The Veterinary Services Department continues to get samples from towns along the border including Tebedu, Lubok Antu, Batu Lintang, Mongkos and Serikin.”

To a question, Uggah said the state government had vaccinated more than 35,000 animals.

On the collaboration with Indonesia, he said: “They also realise that they must also contain the disease… there is a lot of understanding created between the two countries.”

He added that such collaboration is ongoing and both countries would continue to exchange information to contain the virus. The rabies outbreak in Sarawak has claimed five lives.