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Friday, February 14, 2014

Malaysia : Tourists screened at KK airport following first case of avian flu

Via The Star, excerpt :

" Health officials were screening all foreign arrivals at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport on Friday as part of preventive measures following the first case of A(H7N9) virus infection in Sabah.

State Tourism, Culture and Environment minister Datuk Masidi Manjun urged the public not to panic, as the H7N9 is not transmittable from humans.

“Health Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam said earlier that the possibility of a human-to-human transmission of the H7N9 virus is remote,” he told The Star.

Masidi said humans would only get this virus from birds including chickens.

“In this case, the source is in China, not from the Chinese visitor who was in Sandakan before coming to Kota Kinabalu,” he said, adding that people should be more worried about going to China.

The 67-year-old woman infected by the avian flu had reportedly complained of fever, cough, body aches and fatigue four days before her arrival in Kuala Lumpur from Guangdong on Feb 3."

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