A(H1N1): Twelfth case confirmed in Malaysia (Updated)

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  • Saturday, 13 Jun 2009

PETALING JAYA: Another A(H1N1) flu case has been confirmed in the country bringing the total number of cases to 12.

The latest case is of a 19-year-old medical student who had returned after a 17-day holiday in Melbourne.

Health Ministry director-general Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican said in a statement that the student had returned with three friends on flight MH148 and arrived at 9.21pm on Wednesday.

“The student was not ill upon arrival at the KL International Airport,” he said, adding that the patient started feeling ill only on Thursday and had received treatment at the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre before being referred to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital isolation ward at 5.30pm the same day.

Tests on the student this morning were positive for the A(H1N1) virus.

“At this time the student is stable and the parents who do not live together are under home quarantine. The ministry has identified five friends the student had come in contact with for further quarantine,” Dr Ismail said.

He added that the ministry was also in the midst of tracking down those who were on flight MH148 especially those seated on rows 33 to 39.

Dr Ismail said although there were still no cases of local transmission, the ministry was worried about the situation of imported cases and urged those returning home from affected countries to limit their movements for seven days.

“At this point, there are five cases still receiving treatment,” he said, adding that the ministry had also received 33 notifications of cases with flu symptoms from around the country.

“From this number, 17 have tested negative for A(H1N1), one positive and 15 more are awaiting test results,” he said.

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