Thursday, June 18, 2009

Malaysia 1st locally transmitted A(H1N1) flu

Malaysia has recorded its first local infection of influenza A(H1N1) involving a 17-year old female Malaysian student. The girl, the 19th person positive for influenza A(H1N1), had not travelled to a country that had the flu.

The girl had shown symptoms of cough and cold beginning at 9pm on June 14 and began developing a fever the next day and on the same day went to the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre and was referred to the Sungai Buloh Hospital at 10am.

This girl reported that she was in contact with the 12th case, a medical student who was confirmed positive for influenza A(H1N1) on June 13. Before this, she was not listed as a contact to case 12.

5 more case of the influenza A(H1N1) had been detected in the last 24 hours, including the local case, making the total 23 cases.

The 20th case was a 23-year old local public university male student who went on a study visit, together with 12 students and lecturers, to Melbourne for seven days. He returned from Melbourne aboard Air Asia X D7 2723 and landed at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) on June 17 at 7.15am.

The 21st case was a 20-year old medical student of a Melbourne university who returned to holiday in Malaysia aboard Malaysia Airlines MH 128 and arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on June 16 at 6am.

The 22nd case was a 54-year old man who had travelled to Manila on business on June 9. He returned by Malaysia Airlines MH 705 and arrived at KLIA on June 12 at 8.25pm.

The 23rd case was a female Malaysian student, 22, who arrived from Melbourne by Air Asia X D7 at the LCCT on June 14 at 7.15am.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that till 8am today the total number of cases of influenza A(H1N1) reported was 36,346 cases with 163 deaths in 76 countries.

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