In an effort to completely eradicate the deadly rabies or mad dog disease virus, Sarawak has targeted to have most of the dogs in the state vaccinated by the middle of next month, said Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.
Uggah, who is State Natural Disaster Management Committee chairman, said he has given instructions to the State Veterinary Service Department (SVSD) that all dogs in the affected and non-affected areas state-wide to be given anti-rabies vaccinations.
He said pet owners could also bring their pets to private veterinary clinics for the vaccination and advised dog owners not to let free their dogs after the vaccination.
The authorities would also continue to control stray dogs especially within the affected areas in order to control the spread of rabies, he said.
He also advised those who got bitten by dogs to immediately go to hospitals but reminded operators of privately-run clinics and hospitals to immediately refer animal bite cases to government health facilities.