MSPTM 2019 Annual Scientific Conference
13 - 14 March 2019
InterContinental Kuala Lumpur

Abstract

Title

RABIES IN SARAWAK, CHALLENGES AND THE WAY FORWARD

Type
Oral Presentation - Invited Speaker
Theme
Scaling Up Efforts in Tropical Disease and Vector Control through Evidence-Based Research
Topic
Emerging Zoonoses

Authors

Main Author
Lee Huay Tay1
Presenting Author
Lee Huay Tay1
Co-Author

Authors' Institution

Department / Institution / Country
Department of Veterinary Services Sarawak / Veterinary Services Sarawak / Malaysia1
Content
Abstract Content

Rabies is a zoonotic viral disease (Lyssavirus) that is fatal but highly preventable through mass vaccination of dogs. 99% of human rabies are transmitted through dog bite by infected saliva from a rabid dog. Chances of death can be as high as 100% once rabies symptoms appear in human. Sarawak was historically free of rabies. The state government was taken by surprise when human rabies was declared in Sarawak on 30th June 2017 by MOH. On the 4th of July 2017, rabies outbreak was declared by the State Disaster Committee, and subsequently formed rabies technical and steering committee involving multi-agencies. Public policies are in place and various approaches were made to raise awareness among public and to eliminate rabies. Despite the One Health approaches made, rabies is still an ongoing challenge for Sarawak. Irresponsible pet ownership, and lackadaisical attitude of public remain the biggest challenges to be overcome. As the current situation of rabies is different from the initial outbreak in 2017, the way forward is therefore to reform strategies and strengthen inter-agencies collaboration.

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