IPOH: The number of secondary school students suffering from influenza-like illness (ILI) in Perak has climbed, says state Health Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon.
He said 47 new cases were recorded on Monday, bringing the total number of students affected to 512.
“Two other schools, SM Agama Sultan Azlan Shah in Bota and SM Agama Darul Ridzuan in Tapah, are the latest two clusters in the state with 13 and 26 cases respectively,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Clusters are incidents of two cases or more in a single locality.
The six other schools affected are Sekolah Tuanku Abdul Rahman (115 cases), SK Klebang Jaya (three), Sekolah Raja Perempuan Taayah (230) and SM Izzuddin Shah (25) in Ipoh, SM Abdul Rahman Talib in Teluk Intan (87) and Kolej Vokasional Slim River (13).
“In total, we have placed 245 students in isolation at their respective schools, with 75 of them having recovered and released. No students have been quarantined.
“Two more students are hospitalised at the KPJ Rawang and Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital in Ipoh after one was discharged from the general hospital here on Monday,” he added.
Dr Mah confirmed that four samples tested positive for Influenza A (H3) and nine were confirmed for Influenza B.
“The Perak Health Department has issued a notice to all medical practitioners in the state to report any new clusters even though it is not mandatory under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988,” he said.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah was reported as saying that the public need not panic following the influenza-like illness cluster cases as there was no abnormal trend relating to it being detected in the country.