Rabies,
Malaysia
Information received on 17/06/2020 from Dr Dato'Dr Norlizan Mohd Noor, Deputy Director General, Veterinary Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry, Putrajaya, Malaysia
Summary
Report type Follow-up report No. 60
Date of start of the event 04/07/2017
Date of confirmation of the event 08/07/2017
Report date 17/06/2020
Date submitted to OIE 17/06/2020
Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 18/09/2015
Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
Causal agent Rabies virus
Serotype Not typed
Nature of diagnosis Clinical, Laboratory (basic)
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
Related reports Immediate notification (10/07/2017)
Follow-up report No. 1 (18/07/2017)
Follow-up report No. 2 (30/07/2017)
Follow-up report No. 3 (03/11/2017)
Follow-up report No. 4 (20/02/2018)
Follow-up report No. 5 (02/03/2018)
Follow-up report No. 6 (12/03/2018)
Follow-up report No. 7 (19/03/2018)
Follow-up report No. 8 (30/03/2018)
Follow-up report No. 9 (16/04/2018)
Follow-up report No. 10 (02/05/2018)
Follow-up report No. 11 (14/05/2018)
Follow-up report No. 12 (23/05/2018)
Follow-up report No. 13 (30/05/2018)
Follow-up report No. 14 (08/06/2018)
Follow-up report No. 15 (18/06/2018)
Follow-up report No. 16 (22/06/2018)
Follow-up report No. 17 (23/06/2018)
Follow-up report No. 18 (08/07/2018)
Follow-up report No. 19 (22/07/2018)
Follow-up report No. 20 (28/07/2018)
Follow-up report No. 21 (04/08/2018)
Follow-up report No. 22 (13/08/2018)
Follow-up report No. 23 (18/08/2018)
Follow-up report No. 24 (29/08/2018)
Follow-up report No. 25 (03/09/2018)
Follow-up report No. 26 (10/09/2018)
Follow-up report No. 27 (30/09/2018)
Follow-up report No. 28 (08/10/2018)
Follow-up report No. 29 (23/10/2018)
Follow-up report No. 30 (02/11/2018)
Follow-up report No. 31 (12/11/2018)
Follow-up report No. 32 (19/11/2018)
Follow-up report No. 33 (07/12/2018)
Follow-up report No. 34 (14/12/2018)
Follow-up report No. 35 (21/12/2018)
Follow-up report No. 36 (28/12/2018)
Follow-up report No. 37 (28/12/2018)
Follow-up report No. 38 (10/01/2019)
Follow-up report No. 39 (25/01/2019)
Follow-up report No. 40 (22/02/2019)
Follow-up report No. 41 (22/03/2019)
Follow-up report No. 42 (05/04/2019)
Follow-up report No. 43 (08/05/2019)
Follow-up report No. 44 (14/09/2019)
Follow-up report No. 45 (22/09/2019)
Follow-up report No. 46 (11/10/2019)
Follow-up report No. 47 (20/10/2019)
Follow-up report No. 48 (28/10/2019)
Follow-up report No. 49 (03/11/2019)
Follow-up report No. 50 (26/11/2019)
Follow-up report No. 51 (03/12/2019)
Follow-up report No. 52 (12/12/2019)
Follow-up report No. 53 (18/12/2019)
Follow-up report No. 54 (20/01/2020)
Follow-up report No. 55 (24/02/2020)
Follow-up report No. 56 (13/03/2020)
Follow-up report No. 57 (15/04/2020)
Follow-up report No. 58 (11/05/2020)
Follow-up report No. 59 (28/05/2020)
Follow-up report No. 60 (17/06/2020)
Follow-up report No. 61 (29/06/2020)
New outbreaks (7)
Outbreak 1 (640/20 R) 52S/20-4J, Ulu Sungai Merah, Sibu, Sarawak
Date of start of the outbreak 29/04/2020
Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
Epidemiological unit Village
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Dogs 1 1 0 1 0
Affected population The affected animal was an owned and unvaccinated dog.
Outbreak 2 (602/20 R) No 364, Kampung Kuap, Bt 10 Jalan Kuching Serian, Padawan, Kuching, Sarawak
Date of start of the outbreak 04/05/2020
Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
Epidemiological unit Village
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Dogs 1 1 0 1 0
Affected population The affected animal was an owned and unvaccinated dog.
Outbreak 3 (628/20 R) No 13A, Kampung Keranji, Lundu, Lundu, Kuching, Sarawak
Date of start of the outbreak 07/05/2020
Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
Epidemiological unit Village
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Dogs 1 1 0 1 0
Affected population The affected animal was an owned and unvaccinated dog.
Outbreak 4 (656/20 R) Kampung Stum Muda, Lundu, Lundu, Kuching, Sarawak
Date of start of the outbreak 15/05/2020
Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
Epidemiological unit Village
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Dogs 1 1 0 1 0
Affected population The affected animal was an owned and unvaccinated dog.
Outbreak 5 (686/20 R) Kampung Tian, Matu, Matu, Mukah, Sarawak
Date of start of the outbreak 29/05/2020
Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
Epidemiological unit Village
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Dogs 1 1 0 1 0
Affected population The affected animal was a stray dog.
Outbreak 6 (630/20 R) No 22, Kampung Jangkar, Lundu, Lundu, Kuching, Sarawak
Date of start of the outbreak 29/05/2020
Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
Epidemiological unit Village
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Dogs 1 1 0 1 0
Affected population The affected animal was and owned dog. The dog was vaccinated in 2019.
Outbreak 7 (639/20 R) No 2-A, Lorong 5, Jalan Hua Kiew, Sibu, Sarawak
Date of start of the outbreak 29/05/2020
Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
Epidemiological unit Village
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Dogs 1 1 0 1 0
Affected population The affected animal was an owned and unvaccinated dog.
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 7
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Dogs 7 7 0 7 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Dogs 100.00% 0.00% 0.00% 100.00%
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
Epidemiology
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Unknown or inconclusive
  • Illegal movement of animals
Epidemiological comments The event of rabies in Sarawak is still confined to 11 divisions, however the infected area increases from 62 to 63 districts. The Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) in Sarawak, the Federal Department of Veterinary Services (DVS), the National Disaster Department and some other enforcement ministries and agencies are conducting rabies control and eradication program in Sarawak from March 2019 through mass vaccination and selective culling of stray dogs.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Movement control inside the country
  • Vaccination in response to the outbreak (s)
    Administrative division Species Total Vaccinated Details
    Kedah Dogs 277
    Perak Dogs 2526 Mass vaccination
    Perlis Dogs 1864
    Sarawak Dogs 158332 Mass vaccination
  • Surveillance outside containment and/or protection zone
  • Surveillance within containment and/or protection zone
  • Screening
  • Traceability
  • Quarantine
  • Selective killing and disposal
  • Zoning
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • No other measures
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
Sarawak Veterinary Diagnostic laboratory (National laboratory) Dogs direct fluorescent antibody (FAT) test 27/05/2020 Positive
Sarawak Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (National laboratory) Dogs direct fluorescent antibody (FAT) test 29/05/2020 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations