Sarawak man dies of rabies after beating stray dog

Hashini Kavishtri Kannan

PUTRAJAYA: A 44-year-old man in Sarawak has died due to rabies yesterday. In confirming the matter, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the victim died at 10.15am at the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH). He said the man from Jalan Matang, Kuching was suspected of being infected by rabies and was hospitalised on Aug 16. “The clinical sample tests taken from the victim came back positive for rabies infection,” he said in the statement. He added, based on information received, records showed that there were no signs of dog or any other animal bites. However, he was said to have hit a stray dog for biting his wife on January 13. Dr Noor Hisham said the victim had an open wound on his right hand when the incident took place and it was also reported that the dog had died. He said the victim did not seek treatment for the infection while his wife was brought to the hospital for treatment and vaccination. He added that due to the pain on his right hand, the man then sought treatment at an outpatient clinic on Aug 6. “His condition worsened on Aug 11 as he experienced numbness and was not able to move his hand. He also suffered stiffness on his neck and hydrophobia. “He was then brought to the Emergency Unit of the HUS for treatment and was tested positive for rabies,” he added. Dr Noor Hisham said the victim’s wife was in good health as she has completed for four doses of anti-rabies vaccinations. He also extended his deepest condolences to the family of victim.


(File pic) In confirming the matter, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the victim died at 10.15am at the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH). (Pic by MUHAMMAD SULAIMAN)

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