The Government is taking advice about how to test dogs for rabysis after two puppies died from the disease.
In the first case of the pandemic in which a dog was bitten by a dog, the Government announced on Friday it would introduce new measures to increase the screening of dogs.
Animal welfare groups have urged the Government to ban the use of any animal as a test for the disease and to limit the number of dogs allowed in zoos.
The Government has not yet decided whether it will introduce any more restrictions on the use or ownership of dogs in ziplines, and a Government spokesman said it was not yet clear what would happen if such measures were introduced.
The Government said it had introduced measures to limit dog ownership and that the tests would be made available to the public.
“We will be announcing further details on these measures when we have more information about the current outbreak,” the spokesman said.
More than 30 dogs have died in the outbreak, including three puppies.
The first confirmed death in the US of rabies occurred in October, and more than a dozen other people have died since.
It is the latest of the many strains of the disease that are on the rise, with strains in the United States and Europe, and possibly in Australia.