IPOH: The Sarawak Education Department has been tasked to monitor rabies or mad dog disease among students in the state to curb the outbreak, says Deputy Education Minister Datuk P Kamalanathan.

He said the state department had also been directed to provide the latest information besides advising all school principals and headmasters on preventive and control measures that needed to be taken.

“The relevant parties must supervise the school surroundings because some portions of the school compound are not gated, especially those in the interior areas.

“However, I feel this is the responsibility of all parties and the school management should make appropriate reports to the Veterinary (Services) Department if there is any risk to the students,” he said.

He told reporters this after the handover ceremony for the building extension of SJK Tamil Taman Desa Pinji near Lahat here yesterday.

On Saturday, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said three children, including two siblings, aged four, six and seven, in Serian district, Sarawak were infected by rabies, which was notified by the Sarawak General Hospital in Kuching on June 22.

Dr Noor Hisham said further investigation found that two of the victims had a history of being bitten by a dog about a month or two before manifestation of the symptoms while it could not be ascertained whether the third victim was ever bitten by a dog. — Bernama