Rabies victims remain in ICU at Sarawak General Hospital

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  • Sunday, 02 Jul 2017

KUCHING: The three children who were reported to be infected with rabies remain in critical condition at Sarawak General Hospital's intensive care unit, said the state Health director.  

Dr Jamilah Hashim also said that were no report of new cases.  

She said a health team had been carrying out active case detection since Thursday at the victims' villages.  

"The team is going from house to house to detect any case of dog bite while the Veterinary Department is dealing with dog control," she said.  

Meanwhile, Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said measures are being taken to confine the rabies virus within the locality where the three infected children live.  

Uggah, who is also State Disaster Management Committee chairman, said health clinics and hospitals near the area have also stocked up their supply of vaccines.  

"We are also thoroughly investigating the source to prevent it from spreading," he told reporters after a celebration to mark SUPP's 58th anniversary here, Saturday night.  

On the extermination of stray dogs in the area, he said the matter was being discussed with the Sarawak Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals (SSPCA).  

The Health Ministry on Friday confirmed that three children including two siblings from Kampung Paon Sungai Rimu Bakung and Kampung Lebur, Gedong in Serian District had been infected with rabies.  

The siblings are a four-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl while the third victim is a seven-year-old girl. - Bernama


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