Rabies Claims Another Life, Bringing Death Toll To Six

KUCHING: The rabies outbreak in the state has claimed the life of the seventh victim, bringing the death toll to six.

The seventh victim of rabies encephalomyelitis; a 59-year-old man, from Jalan Batu Kawa � Matang succumbed to rabies infection at the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) around 4pm yesterday.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) in statement issued on Jan 27, said that the victim was confirmed to be infected with the virus following a lab test on Jan 26, as notified by the Sarawak Health Department.

It stated that the man had a dog bite history on November 27 last year and sought treatment at a private clinic the same day but he was not referred to government medical facility to receive vaccination.

On January 20, the man experienced pain and weak limbs, and was admitted to a private hospital on January 24.

He was referred to SGH the next day for further treatment after showing signs of hydrophobia, hallucination and aggression, said in the statement.

Five persons including two young siblings from Serian have so far died from rabies since June last year.

The sixth case, a seven-year-old boy from Kampung Kuala, Gedong, is still being treated in SGH.

Source: The Borneo Post