Elderly woman succumbs to rabies in Sarawak, death toll rises to 16

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  • Friday, 18 Jan 2019

KUCHING (Bernama): An elderly woman from Kampung Sungai Du'uh, Serian, who was infected with rabies, has died.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the woman, 80, died at 9.35am on Friday (Jan 18) at the Sarawak General Hospital.

“On Jan 11, the victim had fever, cough, lethargy, body aches and was vomiting. 

"She sought treatment at a private clinic on the same day. However, the victim did not inform the doctor that she had been bitten by a dog.

“The victim was then referred to the Sarawak General Hospital on Jan 14 by the clinic after her condition worsened as she was severely affected by neurological symptoms including hydrophobia and aerofobia,” he said in a statement here.

The latest case took the death toll to 16 out of 17 confirmed rabies cases in the state since it was declared as an epidemic on July 1, 2017. - Bernama 
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