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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Malaysia : Dr Mah - Water tests for rotavirus in AGE negative

Article via The Star :

" The cause of over 3,000 cases of acute gastroenteritis (AGE) and two related deaths in Perak over the last three weeks remains a mystery.

The patients who are mostly young children are from Batang Padang and Hilir Perak.

Perak Health Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said tests for the rotavirus which was believed to be the cause of the outbreak was negative so far.

“Tests for rotavirus on water samples taken from eight locations in Batang Padang over three days, Feb 11, 12 and 13 are negative.

“The results on water samples taken from Hilir Perak on Feb 14 are not out yet,” Dr Mah told The Star.

There were 1,990 cases of AGE in Hilir Perak and 1,078 cases in Batang Padang since three weeks ago.

To a question, Dr Mah said the negative test results could be due to the very low concentration of the virus in the water samples taken."

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