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Thursday, March 4, 2010

The latest update from MOH Malaysia - H1N1 (263 ILI Cases Last Week)

Via Bernama the whole report:

" KUALA LUMPUR, March 3 (Bernama) -- A total of 263 new patients with influenza-like illness (ILI) symptoms were admitted for treatment at hospitals nationwide last week (Feb 21-27), while 272 patients with similar symptoms were discharged within the same period.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican, in a statement here today, said the total number of ILI patients being treated as of Feb 27 stood at 355 cases, involving 40 government hospitals and four private ones.

"Of the total, 17 patients or 5.1 per cent are confirmed Influenza A(H1N1) cases. Till Feb 27, cumulative A(H1N1) cases stood 12,456," he said.

He said eight of the 17 patients were being treated at Intensive Care Units with five of them having risk factors.

Dr Ismail said five ILI cluster cases were reported last week, one each at two National Service training camps -- the Benom Hill camp in Raub involving 18 trainees and the Etnobotani camp in Gua Musang where 39 trainees were affected.

The other cluster cases involved the HLM Autopart KIP factory in Kepong here (11 workers), Kolej CIAST in Section 19, Shah Alam (19 students) and Kampung Sawah Batu in Pekan, Pahang (eight Orang Asli (indigenous people)).

He added that vaccine injections for those at high risk of infection had commenced since last week and that people who had been categorised as at high risk could get the injections at 104 government facilities designated for the purpose."

- As you can from the report, it is obvious that the number of cases are indeed increasing. Anyone who says otherwise, I guess he got his maths wrong. Even the number of cases admitted to the ICU has increased.

Malaysia's MOH official press release in Bahasa Malaysia (you can use Google translate):

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