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Kedah Records 18 Incidents Of Dog Bites, Two Involving Rabid Dogs

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ALOR SETAR: The Kedah Health Department has recorded 18 incidents of dog bites until last Sept 20, with two of the cases involving rabid dogs.

However, its director, Datuk Dr Norhizan Ismail said no rabies infection among human being had been reported in the state so far.

On a married couple bitten by their pet dog, which was found to be a rabid, he said, it happened in Kota Setar.

He said the wife was bitten by the dog last Sept 11.

“Following checks, the woman confirmed that her husband was also bitten by the same dog last Sept 7,” he said in a statement here Tuesday.

He said the woman’s husband was sent Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital (HSB) last Sept 17 and administered anti-rabies vaccination.

He is reported in healthy condition, but advised to seek treatment should he has headache or fever, said Dr Norhizan.

On the 18 incidents of dog bites reported in Kedah, he said they involved 17 dogs, comprising two in Kota Setar, Kuala Muda (three), Kulim (three), Kubang Pasu (six), Langkawi (two) and one each in Padang Terap and Bandar Baharu.

Dr Norhizan called for public cooperation to help control the spread of rabies.

Those who are bitten by either pet dog or stray dogs should seek immediate treatment, he added.



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