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Monday June 29, 2009

Seremban school closed till July 5

Patient 86 infected by mother

SEREMBAN: Chung Hwa High School near here has become the latest school to be ordered closed after a Form Three student tested positive for the influenza A (H1N1) virus yesterday.

The private school will be closed from today and classes will resume on July 6, its headmaster Sua Sin Zang said.

The girl was believed to have been infected by her 22-year-old brother who had returned for his semester break from Australia on Monday.

Meanwhile, health director-general Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican said a 15-month-old toddler who was under home quarantine has been infected with the H1N1 virus, bringing the total number of cases to 124.

There were 12 new cases as of yesterday morning, of which 11 were imported, including four from Jakarta, which was a first.

Of the 12 cases, six involved children, including the toddler who was the 17th local transmission case.

Dr Ismail expressed concern whether those under the seven-day home quarantine abided by the ministry’s 10 precautionary steps.

The boy, he said, had no overseas travel history but his mother had visited Phuket and became the country’s 86th case.

All passengers and crew on affected flights are advised to contact the ministry or call the current hotline numbers at 03-88810200 or 03-88810300.

On news reports that the SJK (C) Jalan Davidson principal had returned to the school while still on his seven-day home quarantine, Dr Ismail said they would investigate the matter, adding that there had been no cases of people jumping quarantine so far.

In George Town, Pulau Tikus assemblyman Koay Teng Hai, who returned from China on June 19, has been put under home quarantine as a precautionary measure after he complained of headache and sore throat.

State Health, Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said swab samples from Koay have been taken for testing.

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