Home > News > Nation
Thursday February 6, 2014 MYT 4:58:00 PM
Thursday February 6, 2014 MYT 8:31:19 PM
by ruben sario AND stephanie lee
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah health officials are scrambling after they detected an outbreak of H1N1 flu virus at the Likas Women’s and Children’s hospital.
Hospital director Dr Tan Bee Hwai said five children and two adult caregivers had been tested positive for the flu virus.
As a result, the entire ward at the hospital located some 10kms from downtown Kota Kinabalu has been quarantined.
“This includes the patients, the caregivers and staff of the ward,” he said when contacted by The Star on Thursday.
“Our priority for now is stopping the transmission that includes quarantining the ward concerned as well as getting everyone to practice personal hygiene including things like washing hands frequently apart from using face masks,” Dr Tan added.
He said medical officials were also trying to track down the source of the H1N1 outbreak.
Dr Tan said doctors and staff were also better prepared in handling the situation following an earlier H1N1 outbreak at the hospital in 2009.
"We have the necessary measures and medications place in tackling this outbreak,” he added.
Sabah Health Department director Dr Christina Rundi could not be reached for comment.
It is understood that screening of patients, their parents or caregivers and staff at the hospital began two days ago.
Though medical officials have not stated when the outbreak occurred, staff who had been working since Jan 8 had been asked to undergo the screening.
The highly contagious H1N1 virus was responsible for the global flu pandemic in 2009.
Tags / Keywords:
Health, H1N1, Likas, Sabah
H1N1 alert at Sabah hospital
Likas Hospital operations unaffected, H1N1 ward quarantined
State still on alert following outbreak of H1N1
Deputy D-G: H1N1 virus flu no longer a pandemic
NS Department: Four trainees test positive for H1N1, 54 quarantined
Mine blast victim succumbs to brain injury
‘High time for NEP review’
Loga Bala: Renaming of roads at request of Conference of Rulers
Dental work nothing to smile about Implant leaves man with ‘teething problems’
Maha show aims to net RM2mil
Tile firm wins big at The Star awards
More U.S. troops deployed in Ferguson to guard against fresh riots
Splashing time for visitors
Thalgo celebrates marine intelligence
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)