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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Malaysia : Virus outbreak alert at army training camp

Another outbreak at another camp. Article from Malay Mail :

" PORT DICKSON: The Army Basic Training Centre (Pusasda) here is now being monitored after 18 trainees from the Royal Malaysian Police Force (PDRM) were attacked by various diseases, including Adenovirus and Influenza A (H1N1), since March 30.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said police trainees and cadet soldiers at the centre were supplied with face masks, antiseptic medication and restricted from an contact with the public, to reduce any risk of infection.

"However, we still allow their families to visit under stringent supervision of our officers," he said during a visit to Pusasda accompanied by army and police officers as well as district medical officers, here today.

He said 18 police trainees at the centre were infected by various diseases, of which four were certified positive for Adenovirus bacteria and four others for H1N1.

Training for police trainees at Pusasda has been postponed temporarily, but will resume as normal for cadet soldiers, he said.

He said no cadet soldiers or army recruits were affected by the virus, but five of them are being monitored for high body temperature.

The centre currently has 1,000 police trainees while the army has 2,138 cadet soldiers, he said."

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