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Friday, June 25, 2010

Malaysia : Malaria Cases In Sabak Bernam Due To Infection From Abroad

Via Bernama, imported cases of malaria detected :

" SHAH ALAM, June 25 : The four Malaria cases, including one death, reported in Bagan Sekinchan, Sabak Bernam, on June 16, were caused by infection acquired abroad and not locally, Deputy Director-General of Health (Public Health) Datuk Dr Hasan Abdul Rahman said Friday.

He said the dead victim was a 35-year-old Myanmar national who worked as a fisherman in Bagan Sekinchan with his three fellow countrymen. They arrived in the country on June 6 but had never undergone any medical examinations, Dr Hasan said in a statement today in response to a report by the Sin Chew Daily on Wednesday concerning a malaria death.

"The victim showed symptoms of fever a day after he arrived but only sought medical attention from a private clinic on June 12 where he received an outpatient treatment. "On June 15, he sought another treatment from the same clinic but was referred to Tanjong Karang Hospital and later to Sungai Buloh Hospital the same day.

"He was admitted to the intensive care unit but died the following day due to malaria complications. His three fellow countrymen were also tested positive for malaria.

"One of them had recovered and been discharged, while the other two are still receiving treatment at the hospital," Dr Hasan said.

He said 10 other fishermen onboard the same fishing boat as the victim were screened for malaria but the results came out negative."

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