Toddler dies from diphtheria

  • Nation
  • Friday, 24 Jun 2016

ALOR SETAR: A two-year-old boy from Kuala Muda died from diphtheria while seven other siblings have been warded for suspected infection.

State Health director Datuk Dr Norhizan Ismail said the boy succumbed to the infection at the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital here on Wednesday.

The boy complained of sore throat for a few days before having breathing difficulties on Tuesday night. He died shortly after midnight in the ward.

Dr Norhizan said the seven children, aged between two months and 11 years, were under close observation.

“The four boys and three girls are from one family in Kuala Muda.

“They were first admitted in Sultan Abdul Halim Hospital on Tuesday and suspected for contracting the disease,” he said.

Dr Norhizan said checks showed the children did not receive proper immunisation jabs as recommended by health authorities.

He said one of them - a 10-month-old-baby boy - was in critical condition at the intensive care unit and being observed round-the-clock by specialists.

“Another suspected diphtheria case was detected in Taman Nilam, Langkawi involving a six-year-old Myanmar boy.

“He is now stable and under observation at the same hospital,” he said.

Dr Norhizan said they were still waiting for laboratory reports from the Institute for Medical Research on health status of the children.

In Kuala Terengganu, no cases of diphtheria infection have been reported but state health authorities were worried of an outbreak.

State Health director Dr Mohammad Omar said some perceive that vaccines were not halal and refused to be vaccinated.

“This should not be happening. The Fatwa Council had declared that immunisation is a must and vaccines are halal.”

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