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Friday, April 30, 2010

Malaysia : 2 heart patients add to death toll

From the New Straits Times:

" A 61-year- old woman died of influenza A (H1N1) on Saturday, bringing the death toll of people who died directly from the disease between May last year and yesterday to 81.

Another victim who succumbed to complications arising from H1N1 was a 46-year-old man in Terengganu.

The Health Ministry, however, did not update the number of people who died from H1N1 complications although it was learnt that the number is high.

Giving details on the two deaths, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican said the woman, an ischaemic heart disease patient, who also suffered from diabetes and hypertension, was admitted to the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital in Kuala Terengganu last Friday after complaining of breathing difficulty.

She was a victim of H1N1 as confirmed by a team of specialists who investigated her case.

As for the man who was a heart and hypertension patient, Dr Ismail said, he, too, was admitted to the same hospital on April 22 and died the following day due to lung complication and sepsis due to bacterial infection."

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