KANGAR: A primary schoolboy has been given rabies vaccine and is being closely monitored after an attack by a wild monkey in Arau.
Perlis Health Department director Dr Zaini Hussin said the boy was given the vaccine as a safety precaution although he was not in serious condition.
“This is an isolated case. It is very unlikely that he’ll get rabies. The possibility is only 5%.
“However, since rabies are spreading among dogs, the department is taking the same measure in handling all animal bites,” he told The Star yesterday.
He said the boy was sent home after receiving 11 stitches on his hand.
The boy was believed to be cycling to a tuition centre when the attack happened last Thursday.
His bicycle’s chain had come off and he was trying to fix it when the monkey jumped on him and bit his hand.
On the rabies outbreak in Perlis, Dr Zaini said vaccine supply for dog-bite patients was adequate.
“In fact, we have 10 times more than our usual stock. Our main concern now is rabies spread through dogs. Luckily none of those bitten by dogs has tested positive for rabies,” he said.
Dr Zaini urged the public to quickly wash the wound and get immediate medical attention if attacked by any animal.