Latest rabies case confirmed in Kuching

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The Sarawak Health Department has confirmed one more case of rabies involving a 59-year-old man from Jalan Batu Kawa-Matang near here.

In a statement today, the Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee said the confirmation was made following the results of the laboratory tests obtained yesterday.

"The man was bitten by a dog on Nov 27 last year and had sought treatment at a private clinic in Kuching on the same day, but was not referred to the government's healthcare facility for vaccination.

"On Jan 20, the man became ill and was admitted to a private hospital four days later (Jan 24). The following day, the case was referred to the Sarawak General Hospital (HUS) after the victim showed symptoms of hydrophobia, hallucinations and aggression," the statement said.

The case brought the total of human rabies cases reported in the state since June 30 last year to seven.

"Five of the victims have died, while the other two are still receiving treatment at the HUS," the statement added.


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