Four new suspected cases warded in Kedah

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 08 Apr 2003

SUNGAI PETANI: Four people including three family members suspected to be down with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) were admitted to the hospital here on Saturday. 

There are now 11 suspected cases in Kedah. 

The three family members from Taman Ria Jaya – a 47-year-old businessman, his wife, 42, and their seven-year-old daughter – were transferred to Alor Star Hospital on Sunday. They are in stable condition. 

The victims were said to have visited a neighbouring country recently. 

Another businessman from Gurun, near here, was warded but reported to be stable. 

State Health Committee chairman Datuk V. Saravanan said a 22-year-old Singapore Airlines stewardess from Taman Bandar Baru in Sungai Lalang, near here, was the first suspected SARS case in Kuala Muda district. 

She was admitted to the hospital here on Friday. 

He said that three others suspected to have SARS were under observation at Alor Star Hospital, two in Baling Hospital and one in Langkawi. 

“We are monitoring the situation closely and urge people to take precautionary measures like wearing masks, washing hands before eating and observing personal hygiene. 

“We do not want people to consult bomohs or other traditional healers when they have high fever or bad flu.  

They should go to the nearest hospital for treatment,'' he told reporters during a visit to the hospital here. 

He said that Kedah had placed special medical teams at the Bukit Kayu Hitam border checkpoint and at the airport and ferry terminals in Langkawi to screen visitors.  

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