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Friday, April 23, 2010

Malaysia : Prison on alert after 5 inmates show signs

Via News Straits Times:

" About 4,990 prisoners and staff at the Kluang Prison complex were told to be on high alert for symptoms of influenza A (H1N1) after they came in contact with five prisoners showing symptoms of the disease.

One of the five had been admitted to hospital while the rest were treated as outpatients.Director-General of Health Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican said the four sick prisoners were being confined to one cell in the prison.

"Throat swabs were taken from all the five prisoners and we have yet to know whether they are H1N1 victims," he added.

The prisoners were among 43 in seven clusters, who were taken to hospitals in Johor, Kelantan and Terengganu for suspected Influenza A (H1N1). "

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