By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Malaysia’s Ministry of Health reported an additional human rabies death in Sarawak state. The case was a 62-year-old man from Sibu who passed away on Tuesday.

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The deceased was bitten by a brother’s dog in his right calf while visiting his relative’s house on West Sentosa Road, Sibu on May 12, 2020. He had washed the wound with water and soap for 15 minutes and had sought treatment at a health facility. However, he did not return to the facility for an injection of anti-rabies vaccine.

He started suffering from foot pain on June 16, 2020. On June 19, 2020, he was referred to Sibu Hospital, Sarawak for further treatment and was admitted to the ward on the same day. The patient died on June 23, 2020 with the cause of death being rabies. He was diagnosed with rabies through a laboratory test conducted by the Institute of Medical Research (IMR) on June 25, 2020.

This is the second human rabies death in Sarawak this year and the 23rd since the outbreak of the disease was declared on July 1, 2017, with 24 cases total cases.

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