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Published: Wednesday December 11, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday December 11, 2013 MYT 6:36:37 AM

Woman dies after gathering, triggering H1N1 scare

KUALA LUMPUR: One person has died from thyroid complications after attending a gathering at the Malacca police headquarters.

Initially, the person had flu-like symptoms and this fuelled speculations that she was down with Influenza A (H1N1).

The gathering, held on Dec 4 and 5, was for 300 administrative and civilian staff of the police force from all states to meet with Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

Health Ministry deputy secretary-general Datuk Dr S. Jeyaindran said the woman did not die of Influenza A (H1N1) as rumoured.

“The patient passed away because of a thyroid crisis,” said Dr Jeyaindran.

Khalid confirmed the death, adding that a busload of participants from Kedah had been screened at the Alor Star Hospital as a precaution.

“I advise those involved (in the gathering) to get screened at a hospital,” he said.

On Ops Cantas, Khalid said that after 116 days since the operations started on Aug 17, the crime index had gone down by 7%, compared with the preceding 116 days from April 23 to Aug 16.

“Almost all types of crimes have gone down. There have been a total of 39,097 arrests from over 1.1 million inspections of individuals,” he said, adding that the police also screened 655,118 vehicles and seized 1,160 weapons and 1,632 stolen vehicles.

“Some 41 people were arrested under the Prevention of Crime Act (PCA), and 30 of them were placed under restricted residence.”

He added that 57 others were still wanted by the police.

Asked about action against gang leaders, Khalid said some gang leader­s had been arrested while other­s had fled from the country.

“We will wait for them to re-enter the country and catch them,” he said.

On the surrender of paintball markers and Airsoft guns, Khalid said that only 139 of such items had been surrendered, mostly by clubs.

The deadline for the public to surrender unlicensed paintball markers and Airsoft guns is Dec 25.

Tags / Keywords: Courts & Crime, influenza A, IGP, died, policeman

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