Miri house-to-house rabies vaccination starts

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By John Isaac

THE Miri Veterinary Department has started house-to-house rabies vaccination for dogs begining with Kampung Pasir in Lutong.

Divisional Veterinary Officer, Dr. Sylmie Al-Harir said 71 dogs were vaccinated including 11 that got booster shots.

“We will continue house-to-house vaccination as we haven’t resume mass vaccination campaign since Movement Control Order (MCO) in March to ensure dogs in Miri are vaccinated,” said Dr. Sylmie when contacted by the Borneo Post.

She said three mass rabies campaigns held before the implementation of MCO on March 18 saw some 2,000 dogs being vaccinated.

“So far, no dog here has tested positive for rabies this year but we must not be complacent.

“We are awaiting directive from Miri Resident, Mastapha Julaihi as chairman of Divisional Disaster Management Committee to resume mass anti-rabies vaccination. Perhaps in about two weeks,” she said.

Dr. Sylmie said currently the free vaccination is only for dogs as 95 per cent of rabies virus were transmitted by dogs to human.

“For cats and other pets which are also known carriers of the rabies virus, owners are encouraged to have them vaccinated at private clinics for around RM50 each,” she said.

Dr. Sylmie reminded those who were bitten or scratched by dogs or other pets like cats to quickly wash their wounds with soap and leave it under running water for 15 minutes before going to the nearest clinic or hospital for treatment.

Free vaccination of dogs is available in the compound of Veterinary Department at Pelita Commercial Centre Mondays to Fridays, 8.30am to 11.30am.

Vaccination is only for healthy dogs aged three months and above with no fever. Pregnant dogs are not allowed to be vaccinated.

For more information, call the department at 085-411866.