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21-year-old Man Latest Rabies Victim

KUCHING: A 21-year-old man who is staying at Mile 7, here has been confirmed to be infected by rabies.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in confirming the case, said the patient was beaten by a stray dog on Oct 4 but he did not go on to clean the bite wound or get any treatment at any health facility immediately.

He only bought a medicine from a pharmacy to treat the wound.

On Nov 21, he suffering from a back pain and claimed he fell down a day earlier.

He only sought treatment at the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) here on Nov 24 and that was when he reported to have been bitten by a dog.

Yesterday The Borneo Post reported that SGH was believed to have registered a suspected case of rabies infection.

As of Nov 15, the Sarawak government has declared 54 areas in the state to be rabies-infected, with 12 human fatalities recorded since the outbreak was declared an epidemic in June last year.

Excluding the latest patient, one individual remains rabies-positive.

Statistics released by the State Disaster Management Committee on Nov 15 showed there have been 16,754 registered cases of animal bites mostly by dogs and cats since June last year.

Over the same period, 95,223 dogs, 8,496 cats and 56 other types of animals have been vaccinated for rabies, while there are currently 258 dogs and 15 cats in Sarawak that are positive for the virus.

The committee also reported that 5,902 persons have received anti-rabies shots within the same period.

So far since June 2017, 14 people have died in Sarawak due to rabies.


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