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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Malaysia : Villagers Monitored, Not Quarantined For MERS-COV, Says Health DG

Via Bernama :

" The villagers of Kg Bintang Laut in Batu Pahat, Johor, suspected of showing early symptoms of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have been placed under home monitoring and not quarantined.

Director-General of Health, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said reports of quarantine in the local newspapers Friday were incorrect.

"Under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act, the term 'quarantine' means isolation or observation and includes a hospital for contagious diseases and any premise gazetted as a quarantine station by the minister.

"As such, the statement that 64 villagers were quarantined is wrong," he said in a media statement in Putrajaya."

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