43 students quarantined for showing signs of flu


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 14 Jul 2004

BY NG SI HOOI

TELUK INTAN: Forty-three students of SM Teknik (Pertanian) Teluk Intan have been quarantined for showing influenza symptoms while eight from an earlier batch quarantined since Friday have been released after they showed signs of recovery. 

This brings the total number of students under quarantine to 74. The students are being confined in two hostel dormitories. 

SEPARATED FOR SAFETY: SM Teknik (Pertanian) Teluk Intan students suffering from influenza symptoms resting at an isolated dormitory at the school yesterday.

School principal Masuri Abdullah said the eight students released had recovered from sore throat, fever and flu. 

The 43 students were quarantined on Monday when they showed influenza symptoms after they returned from a weekend holiday, he said after state Education, Human Resource and Multimedia Committee chairman Datuk Dr Zambry Abd Kadir visited the school yesterday. 

Masuri said they had not received any report that family members of the students had shown similar symptoms. 

He noted that most of the students under quarantined were involved in the poultry farm project in the school. 

Last Friday, 39 students were placed under quarantine when they developed fever with symptoms of influenza following the death of 137 chickens reared at the school last month. 

On Monday, Health Minister Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek was reported as saying that Newcastle Virus had been identified as the cause of the infection. 

Masuri said parents were allowed to visit their children in their dormitories but they were barred from having physical contact with them. 

The school had closed the poultry farm temporarily as a precautionary measure, he said. 

He said SM Teknik (Pertanian) Teluk Intan was the only school in Perak that had the poultry farm project, and added that 121 of the school’s 600 students were involved in it. 

Dr Zambry said the school had taken precautionary measures under the advice of the state Health Department and it did not have anything to hide. 

District Health Officer Dr Zainol Ariffin Mohamed said the state Health Department and Teluk Intan Hospital would continue to monitor the students’ condition daily.  

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