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Matang In Perak Gazetted As Rabies Outbreak Area

IPOH – The Perak government has gazetted the mukim (sub-district) of Matang in the Larut, Matang and Selama district, as a rabies or mad dog disease outbreak area, effective today.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir said the gazetting was made under the Rabies Outbreak Area Order, with the powers given to do so provided under Sub-section 39(1) of the Animals Act 1953 (Act 647).

“Although this is an isolated case, only one case involved, the order has to be made and measures such as containment be carried out to prevent the disease from spreading.”

Zambry said this after opening the State Secretaries’ Conference on actions taken pertaining to issues raised in the Auditor-General’s Report, here, today.

On July 4, two girls, aged 11 and 12, were bitten by an infected pet dog in Kuala Sepetang before it died eight days later. – BERNAMA