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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Malaysia : Three NS trainees down with H1N1 virus

Via The Star, more information with regards to the latest MOH update which I posted yesterday. The confirmed H1N1 cases keeps on rising, how are we not to be worried? Be safe and get vaccinated. Keep clean and stay clean.

" Three national service trainees based at Kem Syruz in Machang Bubok here have been infected with the Influenza A (H1N1) virus.

State Health, Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said the students, who were in stable condition, have been quarantined in the campsite.

“There is no need to panic as the health authorities have taken necessary steps to keep the situation under control.

“The authorities have also quarantined several other students who have influenza-like illnesses (ILI),” Phee said in an interview yesterday.

Phee, who did not want to reveal the gender of the students, said they could have contracted the virus when they went back home for Qing Ming last weekend.

He said a team of medical officers from the Bukit Mertajam Hospital has been dispatched to the camp to monitor the situation.

The other students, who have been screened and cleared of the virus are continuing with their regular activities.

He added that parents need not fear for their children’s safety as the health authorities and the camp administration have been working closely to monitor the situation.

Phee said these were the first three H1N1 cases reported in the state since January.

Meanwhile, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican said there were 62 confirmed Influenza A (H1N1) cases in hospitals, with seven cases being treated in Intensive Care Units.

He said that as of 5.30pm on Friday, there were 617 cases of ILI in the country and the patients were warded in hospitals.

“As of 8am yesterday, the ministry was told of and has received four ILI cluster cases from Johor and Perlis,” he said in a statement yesterday."

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