By NewsDesk @bactiman63
The Malaysia Ministry of Health reported an additional human rabies case/death in Sarawak. According to officials, the case is a 5-year-old boy from Kampung Mambong, Jalan Penrissen, Kuching, Sarawak.
The child died on November 2, 2019 while undergoing intensive care at the Sarawak General Hospital (HUS). Samples for the rabies test sent to the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) were rabies positive on November 6, 2019.
The child presented with symptoms in mid-October and on October 21, 2019, he was taken to the Sarawak General Hospital when his condition deteriorated.
The deceased family has two pet dogs in the home. Both of these animals have never been vaccinated against anti-rabies and are free to interact with wild dogs. However, for now both dogs are alive and well. The deceased never complains of biting dogs or other animals.
With the confirmation of this case, rabies has been confirmed among people in Sarawak since the declaration of rabies from July 1, 2017 to November 6, 2019, 22 cases including 21 deaths. Six (6) of these cases occur in 2019.