Malaysia’s First Case of Swine Flu

Posted: May 15, 2009 in H1N1 Virus, Malaysia, Penang, swine flu, vaccine, World Health Organization
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Malaysia’s first case of swine flu infection or also known as  A(H1N1) infection has been just confirmed by The Health Ministry. A 21 year old Malaysian student who had just returned from the United States of America has been confirmed as Malaysia’s first case of A(H1N1) infection.

In a statement today, Health Department director-general Dr Ismail Merican said that the 21-year-old youth was warded in the Sungai Buloh Hospital on May 14 after suffering fever, sore throat and body aches, after returning from the United States a day before.

However, Dr Merican said that the public has no reason to panic as his department was collaborating with all relevant agencies to ensure that monitoring works were intensified and other proactive measures were taken to protect public health.

The Director General of Health Dr Merican also assured that the situation is under control and there is no need to panic

In PENANG, a fellow from Bukit Mertajam on the mainland, who was held a few days under observation at the isolation ward of the Penang Hospital has been declared free of swine flu.

A test on a sample of his blood sent to Kuala Lumpur was confirmed negative.

Two weeks ago, a New Zealand tourist was also admitted to the isolation ward of the Penang GH hospital for suspected swine flu /Influenza A (H1N1) but a blood test also showed up negative.

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