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Eight deaths due to rabies reported in Sarawak this year

KUCHING (BERNAMA) – Rabies has so far killed seven people in Sarawak this year.

As such, State Food Industry, Commodities and Regional Development Minister Datuk Sri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom advised those bitten by a dog to immediately seek treatment.

He said rabies is a disease contracted by humans through the bite and saliva of a dog infected with rabies.

“When bitten by a dog, whether it has rabies or not, you (the public) need to seek treatment. Don’t wait until a stage when you need a doctor.

“By the time, you get the symptoms (infected by rabies), it will probably be too late for treatment,” he told a press conference after opening the Rabies Conference in Borneo 2022 yesterday.

He also advised those having pet dogs to send the animal for anti-rabies vaccination and to register their pets with the authorities.


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