Mah: Outsiders may have caused malaria outbreak


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 4 Jan 2017

IPOH: The malaria outbreak at Pos Kemar, Gerik in November last year could have been caused by outsiders.

Perak Health Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon believes that foreign workers involved in building a school there brought the parasite.

“Pos Kemar was malaria-free for three years prior to the outbreak,” he said after chairing a State Environmental Health Action Plan meeting at the state secretariat building here yesterday.

“There was a lot of movement among the workers, going in and out from the village.

“We urge the respective employers to check their workers for diseases to prevent them from affecting others,” he added.

Dr Mah said the malaria outbreak, which started in mid-November, ended on Dec 28, last year.

He said the last case was detected on Dec 21, and health officers were still monitoring the conditions of the recovered patients.

“We have tested some 67% of the villagers through mass blood survey and found no new cases.

“Health officers will continue to visit the respective villages and check for symptoms.

“Those with continuous fever will have their blood samples taken," he added.

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