Another child, a five-year-old girl, has become a rabies victim.
The fourth rabies victim in Sarawak has succumbed to the disease at the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) here today, just four days after the disease of the dog claimed the life of the third victim.
In a statement yesterday, the health ministry confirmed that five-year-old victim, Florancesia Ak Edward from Kampung Ampungan, Serian, died at 2.05pm due to the rabies encephalomyelitis.
Meanwhile, her uncle, Asem Ladong said the victim’s parents were with the girl when the hospital staff removed her life support system at about 2pm.
He said the victim was bitten on the left hand about a week before the Gawai celebrations at her grandfather’s village, Kampung Serobang in the Serian district and was rushed to the Serian Hospital.
“However after Gawai, she began to show symptoms and was admitted to the Serian Hospital about two weeks ago before she was transferred to SGH,” said Asem, 52, when met at SGH.
Florancesia was the second of three children comprising two girls and a boy. Her other siblings are six and four years of age.
Asem said the funeral would be held tomorrow at Kampung Ampungan.
Meanwhile, a boy at the Melaka Hospital is under observation for suspected rabies infection while Matang in Perak has been declared a rabies outbreak area.