Man, 62, dies of rabies in Sibu

Getting wound thoroughly cleaned as soon as possible greatly reduces risk of rabies!

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, June 26: Sibu has recorded one new case of rabies involving the death of a 62-year-old man.

The Health Ministry (MoH) in a press statement today said the victim was bitten on his right calf by his relative’s dog upon visiting their house at Jalan Sentosa Barat, Sibu on May 12.

The ministry reported that the victim had washed his wound with water and soap for 15 minutes and gone for medical treatment at a health facility.

The victim, however, did not return to the health facility for an anti-rabies vaccination jab.

MoH said the victim fell ill and experienced constipation on June 16.

The ministry added that the victim was referred to the Sibu Hospital for further treatment on June 19 and was admitted to the hospital on the same day.

MoH disclosed that the victim passed away on June 23 due to rabies following test results received from the Institute of Medical Research (IMR) on June 25 on his post-mortem.

With the confirmation of the latest case of rabies, MoH said Sarawak has recorded two cases of rabies this year.

It asserted that Sarawak recorded 23 casualties from a total of 24 rabies cases since the outbreak was declared in July 2017. —DayakDaily