Dog-bitten boy from Sarawak stable in Melaka hospital – Hilmi


NIBONG TEBAL: A six-year-old boy from Sarawak admitted to the Melaka Hospital for suspected rabies is in stable condition, said Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya.

It would be known in in two or three days from tests whether the Bidayuh boy had contracted rabies, he said to reporters after visiting the Sungai Bakap Maternal and Health Clinic quarters here today.

Melaka director of health Datuk Dr Ghazali Othman had said that the boy, whose father is a soldier serving in Melaka, was believed to have been bitten by a rabid dog in Serian, Sarawak.

Meanwhile, two girls, aged 11 and 12, who were bitten by rabid dogs in Kuala Sepetang, Taiping, in Perak did not show symptoms of rabies and were allowed to return home following administration of vaccine after being in the Taiping Hospital for 11 days.

Dr Hilmi said the Perak Health Department would monitor them until they regained their health.

“The people in the locality must be wary of bites by dogs and cats and seek immediate treatment,” he said. – Bernama