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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Malaysia : Infant among three deaths this week

Today's report from the New Straits Times :

" A 5-month-old baby boy was among three people who died of influenza A (H1N1) this week.

Director-General of Health Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican said one of the victims, a 53-year-old man, died because of the disease while the other two because of complications arising from it.

The man, who suffered from uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, hypertension, kidney failure and stroke, died at Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital in Kuala Terengganu.

Dr Ismail said a 47-year-old man was admitted to Kuala Lumpur Hospital on April 17 and died three days later because of complications arising from influenza A.

On the baby boy, he said the infant suffered from hydrocephalus (water in the brain) and was admitted to University Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre on March 15 for surgery and died on Wednesday.

As at 8am yesterday, the Health Ministry received 12 new influenza-like illness (ILI) cluster cases from Perak, Johor, Negri Sembilan, Sarawak, Selangor, Malacca and here.

The new cases included 21 pupils of SK Temoh, Batang Padang, Perak; 70 pupils of SMK Puteri Wilayah, Kampung Baru, here and three workers of Kilang Keenway Industries, Kluang, Johor."

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