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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Malaysia : Current Situation of Influenza A (H1N1) as of 29 April 2010

The latest H1N1 update from the Ministry of Health. The death toll keeps on climbing. Please read the whole report to understand the current situation which looks like a cause for concern:

" Up until 8:00 am on 29 April 2010, the Ministry received a total of three (3) ILI cluster report from the following two states as listed in Appendix 1.

Meanwhile, until at 5:30 pm on 28 April 2010, a total of 80 confirmed cases of influenza A (H1N1) was reported for a cumulative of 13,602 number of cases to date. The remaining ILI cases that are currently being treated in the wards in the country are 540 cases. Of these, 55 cases (10.2%) were confirmed positive influenza A (H1N1). The number of patients being treated in the ICU is nine (9) cases in which eight (8) of them have risk factors.

The Ministry of Health has received two (2) reports H1N1 fatalities today. However, only one (1) fatality was directly caused by influenza virus A (H1N1), meanwhile the other fatality case was not caused directly by H1N1 infection. This brings the cumulative number of H1N1 deaths in the country to date to 81.

Two deaths are as follows:
  1. A 61 year-old woman with several risk factors, namely: - heart disease (Ischemic Heart Disease), diabetes mellitus and hypertension. The patient was admitted to Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah (HSNZ), Kuala Terengganu on 23 April 2010 after suffering respiratory problems and passed away on 24 April 2010. The discussion of experts has confirmed that the cause of death is caused by influenza virus A (H1N1).
  2. A man age 46 years old with risk factors of heart disease (Dilated Cardiomyopathy) and hypertension. The patient was admitted to Hospital Sultanah Nur Zahirah, Kuala Terengganu on 22 April 2010 and passed away on 23 April 2010. Although this case is confirmed positive H1N1 virus infection by PCR testing, the experts report and blood test results confirms that the cause of death was complications from pneumonia and sepsis by bacterial infection and not caused by the H1N1 virus directly. "

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