Sabah bans public from bringing dogs, cats to prevent rabies

Sabah Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Junz Wong says vaccination will also be carried out. (Facebook pic)

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah has banned the public from bringing dogs or cats into the state following a rabies outbreak in Sarawak in July 2017.

Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Junz Wong said this was a precautionary measure to stop the disease from spreading to Sabah.

“The state Veterinary Services Department had stepped up checks at entry points, especially at the Sindumin-Merapok Immigration quarantine security area,” he said in a statement here today.

He said the department had also improved on its policy on the handling of the disease should it somehow spread to the state.

A series of awareness campaigns have been implemented in Tawau and Kalabakan town in the east coast and also in Sabah’s interior Pegalungan in Nabawan.

This included a field simulation exercise in Kalabakan.

Wong said dogs within a 30km radius of the Kalabakan-North Kalimantan and Nabawan/Pensiangan-Sarawak borders would also be vaccinated.

He urged the public to report to the authorities if they learned of anyone trying to smuggle in pets such as cats and dogs to Sabah.