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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Malaysia : Four-year-old girl from Sibu is latest victim of A(H1N1)

From The Star:

" A four-year-old girl from Sibu died on Sunday after catching the Influenza A(H1N1) vi­­rus.

Her death was classified under Ca­­te­­gory 2 — described as deaths indirectly caused by the virus.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the girl died from pneu­monia and blood poisoning with an underlying H1N1 infection.

There were 31 new H1N1 cases de­­tected as of yesterday, bringing the number of people admitted into hospitals with influenza-like illnesses to 550.

To date, 13,158 patients have been diagnosed with H1N1.

Liow urged those in the high-risk group to get vaccinated as other complications could arise if they caught the virus.

He added that antiviral medication did not kill the virus but only slowed down its reproduction rate while human antibodies killed the virus.

In Putrajaya, Health Ministry director-general Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican said only one cluster case — involving two students from SMK Bukit Sentosa 2 in Rawang — were alerted to health authorities between Sunday and yesterday morning."

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