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3 More Cases Of Influenza A H1N1 In Malaysia

The number of confirmed Influenza A (HIN1) cases in Malaysia now has risen to five, with the latest two cases involving two German nationals, aged 30 and 32, who are holidaying in Southeast Asia.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, speaking to reporters in Putrajaya, said the duo arrived in the country on Air Asia flight AK702 from Singapore at 1.55pm Wednesday.

Prior to coming to Malaysia, he said, they had arrived in Singapore from Germany on Monday on Singapore Airlines flight SQ45.

“Both of them experienced fever while in Kuala Lumpur and sought treatment at the Gleneagles Hospital and were subsequently referred to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital at 1.40am today.

“They were confirmed to have contracted Influenza A (H1N1) at 3pm by the Institute of Medical Research (IMR),” he said.

Liow said they were in stable condition and were receiving anti-viral tretament.

He said the ministry was in the process of tracing those who had come into contact with them including the passengers and crew of flight AK702 for health monitoring.

“We seek the cooperation of the passengers and crew of the flight to contact the ministry at 03-8881 0200 or 03-8881 0300 to enable us to give them proper health advice and the possibility of having to be home quarantined,” he said, adding that these steps needed to be taken to prevent local transmission of Influenza A (H1N1).

He also advised the public to keep themselves updated on Influenza A (H1N1) by visiting the ministry’s website at www.moh.gov.my and keeping abreast of media announcements on the outbreak of the disease from time to time.

Earlier today, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican said a Malaysian student who returned from the United States after a holiday became the third person to have contracted Influenza A(H1N1) in the country.

He said the 23-year-old student arrived at the KL International Aiport (KLIA) on Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH091 at 7.15 am on Monday.

“He did not experience any fever on arrival at KLIA but began to experience fever and cough yesterday and was subsequently admitted to the Tuanku Jaafar Hospital, Seremban for treatment,” Ismail said in a statement here.

The student was confirmed to have contracted Influenza A(H1N1) by the Institute of Medical Research (IMR) at 4am today, and was in stable condition with the necessary treatment being administered, added Ismail.

Following the detection, Ismail urged the 276 passengers and crew who were on board flight MH091 to contact the Health Ministry for further advice and on the need for home quarantine.

Ismail said the ministry managed to trace all 14 of the closest contacts of the patient through the cooperation of his family and that all of them were now under home quarantine.

“They consist of 10 family members and friends who had called on him since he returned from the US while the four others are the people he came into contact with when seeking medical help, which includes the medical officer,” he said.

He said 24 suspected Influenza A H1N1 cases were reported nationwide yesterday involving people arriving in the country from countries affected by the pandemic.

The patients involved were admitted into isolation wards at five referral hospitals for the disease and all except the case of the student tested negative for the virus, he said.

As at 8pm today, suspected cases of Influenza A H1N1 in the country reached 413 with 398 cases proving negative and five positive.

As for cases under home quarantine, the number stands at 18 including those who came into contact with the student while the other four involve people who were in contact with a confirmed case in Hong Kong.

The first and second cases were detected on May 15 and 16 respectively and both involved 21-year-old Malaysian students who returned to Malaysia from the US on May 13. They were discharged from their respective hospitals on May 20 and 22 after full recovery.

According to the World Health Organisation, the number of confirmed cases of the disease stands at 19,535 with 117 deaths across 67 countries. Overnight 1,833 cases were recorded with two deaths while four new countries – Egypt, Lebanon, Luxembourg and Nicaragua – reported the presence of Influenza A (H1N1) in their respective countries.

Source : BERNAMA

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