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Latest Rabies Victim in Critical Condition at SGH
Posted on : 10 Aug 2017  Source of News: Borneo Post Online

KUCHING: A seven-year-old boy from Kampung Kuala, Gedong, in Samarahan Division, who has been confirmed the sixth rabies victim is now in critical condition at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH), says Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian.

“We pray for the family during this trying time,” Dr Sim told the media after witnessing an agreement signing ceremony between KHK Development (local company) and Tianbei Heping Development of China here yesterday.

He urged members of the public to take the rabies outbreak seriously and be on the alert to rabid dog bites.

“I am very disappointed that not many people are taking our public education talks seriously. We thus hope that the people will be more aware of the rabies virus which is carried by infected dogs,” he said.

According to a press release from the secretariat of State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) yesterday, the boy was bitten by a dog on June 17 and subsequently received three anti-rabies shots at Serian Hospital on June 21, 24, and 28. The fourth dose was scheduled for Aug 4.

“On Aug 1, however, the victim began experiencing fever, cough, and vomiting, and was warded at Serian Hospital. His condition deteriorated and he began experiencing behavioural changes and hallucination and was referred to Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) on Aug 3.”

Five persons have died due to rabies since the cases were detected in June.

The secretariat advised the people who have been bitten by dogs since April 1 to seek immediate medical attention at any health facility. Those who had just been bitten must immediately clean the wound with soap and wash it under clean running water for 15 minutes, prior to seeking further treatment at the nearest clinic or hospital.

The secretariat added that it had sent two teams to Kampung Kuala in Gedong to investigate and get the necessary samples.

Meanwhile, the secretariat in a statement yesterday declared Kampung Kuala in Serian a rabies-infected area, putting the total number of villages affected by the outbreak to 23.

The statement also said that 504 dogs were vaccinated in Serian and Lundu yesterday.


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