A 37-year-old builder in Singaraja, North Bali, died on Friday, January 3, 2014, from rabies lnked to a bite he suffered on December 17, 2013.
The deceased is Nengah Suastika who works as a farmer and builder who died at the Buleleng General Hospital.
The man's brother-in-law, Wayan Sumba, told Nusa Bali that the dog bite came from a three-month-old dog that that Suastika engaged in play at a construction site that resulted in a bite to the man’s thumb.
The man thought nothing of the wound, continued his work and never sought anti-rabies vaccine.
The dog soon disappeared from the project site, giving no clue that the animal was suffering from the deadly virus.
Initial symptoms of joint pain and fever sent Suastika to a local masseur who, alarmed at the man’s declining health, recommended he see a doctor.
Suastika sought medical helped at 3:00 am on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, when he was immediately hospitalized for two days prior to his death at 2:00 pm on the following Friday.
His wife survives the man together with two children aged 6 and 1.5 years.
Had Suastika sought medical treatment for the bite, including VAR anti-rabies shots, he would have most probablu survived the illness.
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