IPOH: At least one-third of the entire student population of a boarding school in Manjoi have been suffering from fever for the past one week and the state health authorities are probing its cause.
The students suffered varying symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat and runny nose, said state Health, Science and Environment committee chairman Datuk Tan Chin Meng.
Throat swabs, blood and phlegm samples had been taken from some of the students for tests to check if the cause of the infection was viral or bacterial, he said.
“To date, 212 students have been examined and treated with only four new cases reported today (yesterday).”
“Of this number, 84 of them are still in isolation,” said Tan, adding that the situation was under control.
Eighteen health officials from the state Health Department and Kinta Health office have been stationed at the co-ed SMK Raja Permaisuri Bainun since Monday to monitor and investigate.
An official from the state Infectious Disease Control Unit said the results of the tests were expected the soonest by Monday.
“We cannot determine the actual cause now as there are many causes for upper respiratory track infections,” she said.
The official also revealed that aedes mosquitoes were found breeding in the school compound and that fogging was carried out after that.
State Education, Human Resource and ICT committee chairman Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir said the students could have been infected during the school’s open day on Saturday.
“It is possible they had caught the infection from parents and members of the public who attended the event.”
“I was informed by principal Norlia Mohd Shuhaili that many parents had called the school on Sunday to say that their children were unwell and would not be returning to school the next day,” he told reporters after visiting the school yesterday.
He also praised the school for being quick in isolating the infected students from the rest of its 637 students to avoid further spread of the infection.
Form Three student Nur Izzati Iskandar Zulkarnain said she was sent to the Ipoh Hospital to seek treatment with a busload of 18 other students on Sunday.
Another student, Noor Hamizah Jalaluddin, also 15, said she fell ill on Saturday and had been having a fever on and off since then.
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