35 more students in Manjoi hostel infected too

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  • Sunday, 03 Jul 2005

IPOH: Another 35 students of a boarding school in Manjoi here have been diagnosed with upper respiratory tract infection, bringing the total of infected students to 247 as of Friday. 

State Health, Science and Environment Committee chairman Datuk Tan Chin Meng said the infected students of SMK Raja Permaisuri Bainun had returned home to recuperate. 

A check at the school revealed that all the students had gone home to their parents or relatives' houses. 

Security guard Zulkifli Mat Dui, 61, said the students left after Friday prayers. 

“Students are allowed to go home on the first and third weekends of the month. Those who live further away or out of state usually stayed back. 

“This weekend, however, there is not a single student left in the dormitories,” said Zulkifli. 

Principal Norlia Mohd Shuhaili said those infected were exempted from school until they had fully recovered. 

“This is provided that they can produce medical certificates,” she said. 

Since June 25, more than a third of the school’s 637 students have been suffering from fever, cough, sore throat and runny nose. 

They were believed to have been infected during the school’s open day. 

Throat swabs, blood and phlegm samples were taken from some of the students for tests. 

An official of the state Infectious Disease Control Unit said the test results would be available by tomorrow. 

In Kuala Lumpur, Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Abdul Latiff Ahmad said the case was a normal occurrence when boarding school students lived in close proximity.  

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