By NewsDesk @bactiman63
Malaysia health officials reported today on one additional human rabies case in Sarawak province. The victim is a 16-year-old girl who was admitted to Sarawak General Hospital on November 10 with a fever for three days, was weak in the lower limbs and showed aggressive behavior. She also suffered from aerophobia and hydrophobia.
She died the next day. She was diagnosed with rabies encephalitis.
Investigations have found no history of dog or other animal bites occurring in this case. The case only had a scratch mark that had healed on the right leg but her family members could not give details about it. She has kept four cats and one dog. All of his pets have never been vaccinated but until now, the pets are in good health and there has been no change in behavior.
This is the sixth human rabies case in Sarawak in 2020 and the 28th since the rabies epidemic was declared in Sarawak on 31 July 2017.
Rabies is an acute viral infection that is transmitted to humans or other mammals usually through the saliva from a bite of an infected animal. It is also rarely contracted through breaks in the skin or contact with mucous membranes.
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