Liow exhibiting his skipping skills at the Skip For Health function
KUALA LUMPUR: Two administrative and diplomatic officer (PTD) trainees were found to be infected with the H1N1 virus at the Intan training facility in Ipoh.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said they have been isolated and their progress monitored.
“We found that out of the 109 trainees at the centre, 52 were suffering from mild cough and fever but they do not have H1N1.
“There is no outbreak, it is just within this particular group and I ensure that action was taken so that no outbreak occurs,” Liow told reporters after officiating a Skipping For Health function here.
Liow urged people to be wary of their health and cleanliness to avoid contracting the deadly virus.
“H1N1 is always in the country. Please wash your hands and if you have cough or fever, don’t mix with others and wear a mask,” he said.
He added that Malaysians planning to travel to cold countries should get vaccinated as the weather could make them vulnerable to diseases.
Two Chinese women have died from the H1N1 flu strain in Beijing in the past 10 days
Two Chinese women have died from the H1N1 flu strain in Beijing in the past ten days, the first reported deaths from the virus in China’s capital since 2010.
A 65-year-old cancer patient died on Friday and a 22-year-old migrant worker died on 27 December, the Beijing Daily said on its website.
Flu cases in Beijing are at their highest level in five years and the H1N1 strain has become the most dominant, the centre’s director Deng Ying said.
The rise in cases corresponds with weeks of record low temperatures in Beijing and across much of China.
H1N1 is a swine flu virus responsible for a pandemic that broke out in 2009, starting in the United States and Mexico and spreading around the world in six weeks.
Initial World Health Organisation estimates put the number of deaths from that global outbreak at around 18,500, but a study published last June said the death toll was likely to have been between 284,500 and 579,000 people.
PETALING JAYA: The death of a woman at the Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital in Seremban early this month was due to pneumonia although she was infected by the A(H1N1) virus, Health director-general Datuk Dr Hasan Abdul Rahman said.
“A mortality review by medical experts has found the cause of death to be severe bacterial pneumonia,” he said in a statement here yesterday, responding to reports that the 27-year-old patient was the country’s first A(H1N1) influenza-related fatality this year.
“Although the victim had been infected by the virus, it was not the direct cause of her death,” said Dr Hasan.
The woman, who worked in Singapore, had fallen ill while still in the republic.
It is learnt her family had asked her to return home after several days of suffering from fever.
Dr Hasan said the victim was diagnosed with pneumonia after she showed symptoms of fever, cough, chest pains and breathing difficulties.
On July 31, she tested positive for A(H1N1).
“She received anti-viral treatment in the intensive care unit but her condition showed no improvement. She died at 3.40pm on Aug 9,” Dr Hasan said, reminding those with symptoms of influenza-like illnesses to rest at home and not to frequent public areas.
“Those in high-risk groups such as senior citizens and pregnant women should visit the nearest clinic if they experience any of these symptoms,” he said.
Meanwhile, a member of the press corps was discharged from hospital after contracting A(H1N1).
ON ALERT: Dept monitoring Kuala Nerang camp
ALOR STAR: TWENTY-ONE trainees at the Dusun Resort National Service Training Camp in Kuala Nerang, near here, were admitted to hospital after checks confirmed that they had contracted the Influenza A (H1N1) virus.
State Health director Dr Ismail Abu Taat said yesterday they were among 70 others who were rushed to the hospital three days ago after complaining of influenza-like symptoms.
“Until now, 15 of them are still warded and are responding well to treatment. The Health Department will continue to monitor the six trainees who have been discharged.”
Following the incident, Dr Ismail said the Health Department was monitoring the condition in the camp. He said trainees with flu symptoms were ordered to wear face masks and quarantined.
Dr Ismail told the people not to panic as the situation was under control. “However, people should take precautions. Go to the nearest hospital if you have the flu.”
Meanwhile, the ward where the trainees were admitted had been sealed off to visitors.
A trainee at the National Service camp claimed that activities were still being carried out. He said all trainees were required to wear face masks.
“We are also asked to wash our hands before and after the activities. Ten of my friends have been quarantined in a dormitory.”
撰稿‧編輯：黃啟霖 新聞引據： 中央社
印度時報(The Times of India)網站今天(2日)報導，75歲居民恭德(C. Kandasamy Gounder)昨天深夜因H1N1新型流感，死於南印度坦米爾那都省第二大城孔巴托(Coimbatore)。