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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Malaysia : Mass checks after likely cases found

Via News Straits Times, I have said before and i will say it again that News Straits Times have been covering the H1N1 resurgence in Malaysia quite extensively compared to other local media. Hats off to them.

Meanwhile based on this report, it's quite worrying to see the numbers have increased 3 fold and it's among school children. We really need to be alert to avoid any unwanted situations:

" The health authorities yesterday started screening 3,839 people, mostly schoolchildren, who are believed to have come into contact with several suspected and one confirmed influenza A (H1N1) patient.

The suspected patients were detected on Thursday and they included two pupils of SRK USJ 20, Subang Jaya.

This led to the screening of 1,053 pupils for symptoms. Checks were also done on 950 pupils of SK Seri Kg Tengah in Kluang, Johor, when one of two pupils was found positive for H1N1 and admitted to Kluang Hospital. Another 857 students of SM Pulau Serai, Dungun, Terengganu, were being watched after seven showed influenza-like-illness (ILI). The others are:

- 515 students of SMA Rompin in Pahang are also being watched after 27 students showed symptoms

- 428 National Service trainees at Kem PLKN De'Bana, Jempol, Negri Sembilan, after seven showed ILI with one admitted to hospital

- 11 people from Kg Sg Jerik, Maran, Pahang, after two people were hospitalised for ILI

- Six people from Kg Pasir Putih, Kalumpang, Hulu Selangor, after three sought treatment for ILI; and

- Four people from Lorong Seri Damak 26A, Taman Sri Andalas, Klang, after two were hospitalised.

Besides them, 15 kindergarten pupils of Tadika Perpaduan Taman Mewah, Batu Pahat, Johor, also showed ILI symptoms. Director-General of Health Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican said as of Thursday, 549 people were admitted to hospitals nationwide and 62 were positive for H1N1."

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