IPOH – Nineteen stray dogs were put to sleep in Kuala Sepetang, Taiping yesterday as a measure to curb the spread of rabies or mad dog disease.
Perak Veterinary Services Department (DVS) director Dr Fuziah Muhayat said the department had also conducted a census and surveillance operation within a kilometre from the location where the rabies infection had occurred with an animal population of 305.
“Vaccination operations have been carried out within one kilometre of the rabies infection location and as of yesterday, only one dog was vaccinated,” she said in a statement here today.
In addition, Dr Fuziah said five samples had been taken from dogs in Kuala Sepetang, Taiping and sent to the Institute of Veterinary Research here for analysis.
A rabies control awareness campaign had also been conducted house-to-house involving 275 animal owners.
Yesterday, the state government gazetted the mukim (sub-district) of Matang in the Larut, Matang and Selama district as rabies outbreak area, following the death of a pet dog on July 12, nine days after the canine bit two girls, aged 11 and 12 in Kuala Sepetang. – BERNAMA