Sunday, May 17, 2009

Malaysia braces for possible flu outbreak

Malaysia is bracing itself for a possible outbreak of influenza A (H1N1) following the discovery of its second confirmed case.

Health deputy director-general Datuk Dr Ramlee Rahmat assured the people that government hospitals and clinics, as well as private hospitals were prepared to handle out breaks of influenza A.

The latest case involves a female friend of the 21-year-old male student who was quarantined at Sungai Buloh Hospital on Friday after it was confirmed that he had the virus.

The two were on Malaysia Airlines flight MH091 from Newark, New Jersey, United States, which arrived at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Wednesday.

Dr Ramlee said all passengers who were on the same flight were duty bound to report to the health authorities.

“The state health departments have been directed to track them down,” said Dr Ramlee yesterday.

In the worst-case scenario, Dr Ramlee said action could be taken against them under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988.

Of the 192 passengers and 15 crew members on board the flight, 119 (81 Malaysians and 38 foreigners) are still in the country.

How isolated Kapit will be?

1 comment:

L. Venkata Subramaniam said...

amazing that we cannot even stop something that we know is coming. It goes to show our helplessness and vulnerability in the face of these little viruses.


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