Jakarta, IO – Kupang Agricultural Quarantine Agency has imposed quarantine for animals that most commonly carry rabies such as dogs, cats and monkeys at all ports since Tuesday (30/5).
The agency head Yulius Umbu Hunggar said the measure was taken following the discovery of rabies cases after more than a hundred of residents were bitten by dogs in South Central Timor (TTS) regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), reported CNNIndonesia, Saturday (3/6).
Under the measure, rabbies vectors are banned from entering and leaving the area until further notice. This decision was taken to curb rabies transmission rate in the island and prevent it from spreading to other nearby islands.
On Thursday (1/6), the regency recorded cases of rabies in 28 villages, up from 21 previously with the number of suspect cases jumping from 72 to 107 with 13 confirmed cases. A villager named RB, 45, who lives in Fenun village, South Amanatun district, reportedly succumbed to dead after being diagnosed with the disease. (un)