Man diagnosed with rabies in Kuching

KUCHING: A 21-year-old man from Kota Sentosa here is the latest rabies victim in Sarawak following confirmation after a clinical test on Tuesday (Nov 27).

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the victim was bitten by a stray dog on Oct 4 and did not wash the wound nor seek medical treatment, and only bought medicine from a pharmacy to apply on the wound.

"On Nov 21, the patient experienced back pain and said he fell down the day before. He did not say that he was previously bitten by a dog.

"On Nov 24, he was admitted to the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) when his legs became weak. Upon examination, he was found to have symptoms of hydrophobia (fear of water), aerophobia (fear of fresh air) and confusion.

"He is currently being treated and closely observed by clinical specialists at SGH," Dr Noor Hisham said in a statement on Wednesday (Nov 28).

This brings the number of rabies victims in Sarawak to 14 since an outbreak was declared on June 30 last year, with 12 fatalities.

As of Nov 25, the state government has declared 54 areas in all divisions except Limbang as rabies-infected.