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The Malaysian Ministry of Health (KKM) announced one new human rabies case in Kampong Sandong, Kuching, Sarawak. This makes four human cases this year and 10 since last summer.

Image/Robert Herriman
Image/Robert Herriman

The latest case is a child , a foreign national, age three (3) years nine (9) months.

The results of the investigation found that the children had been bitten by stray dogs at their residence in Kampung Sandong, Kuching in early April 2018. These children had been taken to the Royal Clinic of Appealing close by where the bite wounds had been washed and anti- tetanus (ATT) was administered and advised to receive further treatment at the health facility.

On May 3, 2018, the case was brought by the family to health care suffering from a fever for five (5) days and showed signs of anxiety and errors. The child later showed clinical signs of rabies such as hydrophobia and difficulty in swallowing. Clinical samples have been delivered to the Medical Inquiry Institute on May 8, 2018 and rabies was confirmed.

To date, eight people have died, one was treated and survived and the current case is in critical condition at the General Hospital of Sarawak (HUS).