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39 dogs test positive for rabies - Vet dept

39 dogs test positive for rabies - Vet dept
The Vet Dept said some 2,104 canines have been vaccinated up until Sept 18. - File Photo
PUTRAJAYA: 39 dogs have tested positive for rabies up until September 18, 2015.

The Veterinary Service Department in a statement said, of that number, 19 dogs tested positive in Perlis, 17 in Kedah and three in Penang.

The department had carried out tests on 110 dogs in the three states which had been declared rabies-infected areas on Sept 17.
It also said some 2,104 canines have been vaccinated up until Sept 18.

From that number, 1,639 dogs were vaccinated in Kedah while the remaining 465 in Perlis.
Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek had previously declared Penang, Kedah and Perlis as rabies-infected areas.

The last rabies outbreak in Malaysia was in 1999 and the country was declared rabies-free by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in 2012.