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Bleak prognosis for seventh rabies victim
Posted on : 31 Jan 2018  Source of News: Borneo Post Online

KUCHING: The prognosis for the state’s seventh human rabies case is bleak, according to Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian.

He said the fact that the victim, a 59-year-old man from Jalan Batu Kawa-Matang, did not get proper treatment after being bitten by a dog in November last year made matters all the more saddening.

“It takes two to three months for the (rabies) virus to reach your brain. The outlook for him (victim) is 99 per cent chances of dying and 1 per cent (for) survival. I don’t call it a good thing.

“That’s why we must continue to make sure our people in Sarawak are safe from rabies. We have no choice because I don’t want to lose anyone of you unnecessarily,” he said during an appreciation dinner for Kuching South City Council (MBKS) staff here on Sunday.