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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Malaysia : Screening for malaria at entry points to be tightened

Via The Star :

" PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry will tighten the screening process at all main entry points in the country to control imported malaria cases.

Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said although the situation was under control, the steps were taken to prevent those entering the country, from places or countries where malaria was still endemic.

“Now and then we come across ‘imported’ cases from Indonesia and Thailand.

“Three such cases, involving Myanmar nationals, are being treated at the Tanjung Karang Hospital, while another fisherman from Myanmar had died in Sekinchan, Selangor due to malaria,” he told reporters after handing out Excellence Service awards to his staff at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre here on Thursday.

Liow said initial investigations showed that the three were “imported” cases of malaria because Sekinchan was free from the disease."

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