Woman from Selangau dies of rabies; Nine deaths in Sarawak this year

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By Emma Victoria

A 53-year-old woman from Selangau became the latest victim in Sarawak to die due to rabies on Dec 17.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement said the woman was admitted to the Sibu Hospital on Dec 8 due to shortness of breath and cough.

She also complained of experiencing a sore throat, fever and weakness for three days.

Dr Noor Hisham said the woman had her fingers bitten by her dog in October, but did not seek immediate treatment at any nearby health facility. The dog also died due to an unknown cause, several days later.

The incident was not reported to the Veterinary Services Department. The victim also kept a number of dogs and cats which were not given the anti-rabies vaccines, he said.

The Institute for Medical Research confirmed that she had been infected with rabies on Dec 17 and brings the cumulative number of cases in the state to nine this year.

This brings the total number of cases detected since the epidemic was declared in the state on July 31, 2017, to 31, of which 29 have resulted in death.