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More students in Perak down with flu

IPOH: Another school here has been hit with influenza-like illness, bringing the total schools affected to six involving 465 students.

Perak Health Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said SM Izzuddin Shah was the latest school to be affected, with 25 students down with flu since Sunday.

He said two new cases were re­­ported, with one each from Sekolah Raja Perempuan Taayah and SM Abdul Rahman Talib, Teluk Intan.

The three other schools affected were Sekolah Tuanku Abdul Rah­man (STAR), SK Klebang Jaya and Kolej Vokasional Slim River.

It was reported that the influenza-like outbreak began earlier this month at STAR, Sekolah Raja Perem­puan Taayah and SK Klebang Jaya.

Swab samples taken from students showed that it was only seasonal flu and not the avian flu or H1N1 as initially feared.

Dr Mah said STAR now has 115 cases, Sekolah Raja Perempuan Taayah 226, Kolej Vokasional Slim River 13, SM Abdul Rahman Talib 83 and SK Klebang Jaya three.

He also said 287 students are being quarantined.

Fourteen students were placed in isolation since Sunday. Ten are from SM Izzuddin Shah, two from Kolej Vokasional Slim River and one each from SM Abdul Rahman Talib and Sekolah Raja Perempuan Taayah.

“Thirty-one students have been taken out from isolation,” he added.

Dr Mah said swab samples taken from the students showed that four students were down with Influenza A subtype H3 and nine others with Influenza B.

In Kuala Lumpur, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said there was no sign that the H5N1 bird flu virus had infected humans in Kelantan, where an outbreak among poultry was detected.

“Checks on several people in northern Kelantan with flu-like symptoms, including those working in clinics and as veterinarians, showed that they do not have H5N1.

“The virus is still very much limited to poultry. The Veterinary De­­partment is working to control the spread of the virus. Poultry within the area has been culled,” he said.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement that the public need not panic following influenza-like illness cluster cases being reported in Perak as there was no abnormal trend relating to it being detected in the country.