By NewsDesk @bactiman63
The Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) is reporting an additional human rabies case in a 26-year-old man from Kuching, Sarawak.
The victim had a history of being scratched by his pet dogs, but did not seek treatment for it. The status of rabies immunization of these two animals is unknown.
By mid-March 2019, the two dogs died after showing symptoms of hypersalivation, unsteady gait and hydrophobia.
On May 26, 2019, the case suffered weakness and breathing difficulties. The next day he was taken to a private hospital in Kuching when the symptoms got worse. On May 29, 2019, the case was referred to the HUS where the examination found that he had confusion, hydrophobia, swallowing difficulties and weak limbs. The case is now under the care and surveillance of the hospital.
Since the declaration of the epidemic on July 1, 2017 to date, cases of rabies confirmed among humans in Sarawak were 17 people including 16 deaths. The last case confirmed rabies is on January 18, 2019.