A(H1N1): 380 new cases, no deaths (Update)

  • Nation
  • Friday, 21 Aug 2009

BUKIT MERTAJAM: There were 380 new cases of influenza A(H1N1) reported on Friday, bringing the total number in the country to 5,876.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said there was no new deaths reported from the flu.

Currently, there are 1,556 patients still warded in 98 hospitals nationwide of whom 220 have tested positive for the virus, he told reporters after launching the A(H1N1) prevention campaign at the Bukit Indera Muda clinic in Permatang Pasir here.

Liow also urged the public to use hand sanitisers to clean their hands, especially after touching objects, to prevent transmission of the virus.

“Many people touch food or their faces soon after touching tables, doorknobs, switches or even after shaking hands with others.

“People must regularly wash their hands with water and soap or clean them using hand sanitisers.

“This is one way to keep personal hygiene at a high level to avoid being infected with the A(H1N1) virus,” he said.

Liow said people should ideally wash hands with soap for 15 to 20 seconds, or with alcohol-based hand sanitisers.

He advised people to avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth, especially before washing their hands.

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