05 August, 2009

Malaysia - 3 more deaths from influenza A(H1N1)

Three new deaths were recorded due to the A (H1N1) influenza bringing the total number of death to 11 in Malaysia. All three victims died at the Malacca Hospital.

According to a statement from the Health Ministry, a three year old girl who had a history of chronic respiratory infection was admitted to Malacca Hospital on July 31 with flu-like symptoms and was tested positive on Aug 2. She died at 4.30pm the following day of severe pneumonia due to H1N1.

Before being referred to the Malacca Hospital, she was taken to a private clinic for an early diagnosis and was admitted to another private hospital on 30 July for severe pneumonia.

The second death was a 12-year-old boy with chronic kidney failure and who was undergoing dialysis treatment. He died on Monday at 2pm due to severe pneumonia.

On Aug 2, a 20-year-old man with chronic asthma was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) due to flu-like symptoms and was confirmed suffering from severe pneumonia. He died the next day.

Both the boy and the man tested positive for A (H1N1) only this afternoon. As of today 16 new cases were reported with all cases being locally transmitted.

Out of the 16 cases, 10 were from three new clusters and six were from sporadic or isolated cases. The three deaths reported today were sporadic cases.

Two out of the 16 cases reported are being treated in the ward and 11 have received outpatient treatments. The current cumulative figure stands at 1,476 cases with 902 locally transmitted cases and the rest being imported cases.

"What a shame, would Muhyiddin be another “Nero playing the fiddle while Rome burned” if he had been Health Minister and faced with two killer epidemics, A (H1N1) and deng"

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