5 year-old is fourth rabies victim

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July 12, 2

KUCHING:Laboratory tests conducted in the peninsula confirmed a five-year-old girl from Kampung Ampungan in Serian as the latest victim.

She is the fourth victim to have contracted deadly viral disease in the outbreak. All the victims are under the age of eight.

Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, in a statement yesterday, stated the girl was bitten by an infected dog on May 27 at Kampung Saroban where she had gone with her family to her grandmother’s house for a pre-gawai visit.

The village is located within the declared 10km radius infected zone.

Dr Noor Hisham said the girl on July 3 showed symptoms of fever, with pain in her left arm and she appeared lethargic.

She was then sent to Serian Hospital for treatment before being transferred to the Sarawak general hospital (SGH) in Kuching the next day.

She is now in the intensive care unit (ICU).

The rabies outbreak had already claimed the lives of two siblings aged 4 and 6 from Kampung Paon Rimu – the epicentre of the outbreak.

The 4 year-old boy and his 6 year-old sister died on July 4 after their parents consented to have their life support system removed.

They were already brain dead.

The third victim, a 7 year-old girl from Kampung Lebur in Gedong, is still in critical condition in SGH.

Dr Noor Hisham also said a Serian Health Office and Sarawak Health Department joint active case detection (ACD) drive to identify cases of dog attacks found 192 people had been bitten by dogs since April.

He said they have all been given a shot of the rabies vaccination.

The drive covered 86 areas, 3,284 houses and 7,583 people. – dayakdaily.com