Sufficient anti-rabies vaccine stocks in Sarawak

Noor-Hisham_dog_600KUCHING: Anti-rabies vaccine stocks is Sarawak are sufficient according to the Health Department.

Health director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah said the Health Ministry had always ensured that every state kept at least a minimum stock of the vaccine.

“Sarawak General Hospital kept a stock of the vaccine for any contingency of rabies infections. The state has been rabies-free until it had its first confirmed case on June 30, 2017.

“Based on the Interim Guidelines for Prevention and Control of Human Rabies in Malaysia, dog bite categories 2 and 3 must be examined and assessed by a medical specialist before being determined as having an indication for vaccination or otherwise,” he said in a statement here today.

He issued the statement following a press report claiming that Sarawak did not have sufficient anti-rabies vaccines.

He also said no new cases had been reported to date.

“The status of the rabies outbreak is five cases among humans where four were fatal; one is still being warded at the general hospital,” he said.