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Monday, April 26, 2010

Malaysia : Elderly man latest to succumb to disease

Via New Straits Times, another report in relation to the latest H1N1 fatality and dengue situation in Malaysia:

" A 63-year-old man who suffered from chronic obstructive airway disease became the latest victim of influenza A (H1N1) when he died at Tuanku Jaafar Hospital in Seremban yesterday. His case brings the H1N1 death toll to 80 so far.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican said the man was admitted to hospital on April 23. He said three new clusters of influenza-like illnesses (ILI) cases were detected in Kedah, Pahang and Malacca.

In Pahang, 16 people at the Bentong Mara Junior Science College received outpatient treatment for suspected H1N1 while a family in Malacca also received outpatient treatment for the same cause.

On the increase in the number of dengue cases, Dr Ismail said patients who came to hospital accident and emergency departments with symptoms must be seen by a senior medical officer or specialist.

"From now, house officers cannot send home patients with dengue symptoms unless they have been checked by a senior doctor or specialist.

"There have been cases where patients came early to hospitals, were seen by a house officer, given medication and sent home only to die."

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