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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Malaysia : Penang health dept investigating death of 4-year old boy

Via NST :

" The Penang Health Department is investigating a possible Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) outbreak here after a four-year-old boy from Mak Mandin died from fever and throat pain last Saturday.

Director Datuk Dr Lailanor Ibrahim said the boy was earlier warded at one of the private specialist hospitals here after developing fever and throat pains last Monday.

The boy was referred to the Penang Hospital three days later but died of pneunomia on Saturday at 3pm.

Dr Lailanor said a pathologist report revealed that the victim died from lung complications but laboratory tests on signs of adenovirus or the influenza virus - including H1N1 - turned out negative.

"Following the death, the department conducted tests on all individuals who came in contact with the boy and they were given a clean bill of health.

"The kindergarten where the child was enrolled, was also ordered closed temporarily for disinfection works which is part of precautionary measures," Dr Lailanor said in a statement today.

He also urged parents to practice good hygiene and seek immediate treatment for similar symptoms.

Meanwhile, state health, agricultural and agro-based industry and rural development committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin said the confirmation could only be known from the official results of the test on samples taken from the victim.

"We are waiting for an official report from the Institute of Medical Research in Kuala Lumpur.

"At the moment pneumonia is believed to be the cause of death due to bacterial infection," he said in a text message to the media."

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