SARS check on dead pregnant woman

  • Nation
  • Monday, 28 Apr 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: A six-month pregnant woman who died after developing a high fever is being investigated for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.  

The 30-year-old Thai national, who was married to a Malaysian and lived in Pengkalan Hulu in northern Perak, came down with fever on April 24. 

She died the same day before she could be taken to hospital. 

Health deputy director-general Datuk Dr Ismail Merican said the woman's body was brought to the Ipoh Hospital the next day. 

He said a post-mortem revealed that there were “changes to her lungs” and she was diagnosed as having severe pneumonia with septicaemia. 

“She frequently travelled to Betong in southern Thailand and her last visit was on April 18,” he said during the daily SARS briefing yesterday. 

“Specimens have been sent to the Institute for Medical Research and whether her death can be deemed to be SARS-related can only be established when the results are out,” he said. 

Dr Ismail said three other pending cases were reported on Saturday. They involved three patients from Sentosa Hospital who were admitted to the Sarawak General Hospital in Kuching. 

He said six new suspected cases were reported. 

Among them was a 34-year-old Transmile Air Cargo pilot, whose co-pilot had already been admitted as a suspect case to a Penang hospital on April 24. 

The others were an operator from Kedah who was admitted to the Penang Hospital, a lorry driver (Seremban Hospital), a 22-year-old supermarket worker (Ipoh Hospital), a 33-year-old executive (Universiti Malaya Medical Centre) and a 56-year-old retired Singapore businessman (Kuala Lumpur Hospital). 

There were no new probable cases reported. 

On the hunt for Malaysians connected with the SARS-infected Pasir Panjang Wholesale Market in Singapore, Dr Ismail said 76 people have yet to be traced.  

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