Rabies Status in Brunei Darussalam

In reference to the press release by the Ministry of Food Industry, Commodity and Regional Development Sarawak, Malaysia on the 15th of August, the ministry has declared Marudi, Miri as a new rabies infected area. The declaration was made after one stray dog was confirmed rabies positive on the 2nd of August. 73 areas had been declared as rabies infected areas in Sarawak.

In this regard, Task Force Committee on Zoonotic Diseases Control comprised of the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, informed that currently, there is no case of rabies infection among human or animal recorded in Brunei Darussalam

Brunei Darussalam is currently prohibiting the import and transit of pets from neighbouring countries, especially those that have recorded cases of rabies infection. The preventive measure aims to minimise the risk of rabies entering the country by controlling animal movement.

Dog and cat owner are advised to take preventive measure to protect their pet from Rabies by taking several steps, such as:

- Ensure pet are vaccinated with anti-rabies vaccine;

- Pet owner are advised to contact the nearest vet clinic for further check-up if their pet show symptoms of rabies;

- The public are urged to get or buy pet from reliable places with Rabies vaccination.

The public are advised to take early steps to reduce the risk of rabies infection by:

- Cleaning the wound with soap and running water for at least 15 minutes to wash out the saliva;

- Treat the wound immediately at the nearest health clinic or hospital;

- Adhere to doctor's instruction, if needed get anti-Rabies vaccine;

- Do not approach any stray or aggressive animals;

- Continue to maintain personal hygiene.

The Ministry of Health recommended high-risk individuals such as dog and cat handlers, veterinarian and lab animal technician to get vaccinations to prevent rabies infection among human. Registered dog owners are advised not to let their pet unattended and at public places.

The Task Force Committee on Zoonotic Diseases Control will continue to monitor the situation and update the status to the public.

For more information, contact the number shown below.

Bandar Seri Begawan Municipal Department

Telephone: 223 2430 ext. 303

Kuala Belait and Seria Municipal Department

Telephone: 334 7495

Tutong Municipal Department

Telephone: 422 1009 / 828 2965

Source: Radio Television Brunei