Measures are taken to contain the spread of the disease

IPOH: The Perak state government has declared the Matang sub-district as a “rabies infection area” effective from Monday, says Mentri Besar Zambry Abd Kadir.

Zambry, who signed the declaration, said that the measure was taken to contain the spread of the disease.

“However, this is an isolated case. Only one case has been reported but we are taking steps to contain it. The people in this sub-district are not allowed to take their dogs out until further notice,” he said at a press conference today, reported The Star.

The measure was taken after authorities begun vaccinating all pets within a 1km radius following the death of a rabid dog that bit two children in Kuala Sepetang, about 70km from Ipoh.

Girl bitten, out of hospital

Meanwhile, the mother of one of two girls bitten by their rabid pet dog has expressed relief that neither child was infected by the rabies virus.

The 40-year-old, who wished only to be known as Ooi, said she has been receiving visitors at her home in Kuala Sepetang here asking after her daughter and niece.

She said her daughter, Lee Xue Fen, 12 and niece, Lee Rou, 11, who were bitten by the dog on July 4, were treated at the Kuala Sepetang Health Clinic and sent home.

She denied reports that the girls were admitted to hospital.

“People have been coming to my house to ask about the incident. It is disturbing.

“The children are healthy and have been going to school as usual. They are currently being monitored,” she told reporters when met at her home.