Ministry probes fear fuelled by rumours of outbreak

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 01 May 2019

KOTA KINABALU: There is fear of an outbreak of the highly contagious rotavirus that causes diarrhoea and vomiting in infants and children, and the state Health Department is investigating the matter.

Department director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi said their teams were on the ground conducting the necessary checks.

She, however, did not deny or confirm the matter when asked whether the rumours and a WhatsApp message warning parents of the outbreak were true.

The fear was caused by a message supposedly sent out by a mother that went viral, warning parents of the outbreak.

It is believed that she got the information from her child’s paediatrician at a private medical centre here after the kid fell ill with diarrhoea.

She immediately sent out a message to her family and friends with the doctor’s name included.

A source at the medical centre confirmed that the said doctor works with them, and they have been getting an increased number of patients who were down with illness caused by rotavirus over the past two weeks.

Rotavirus is the most common cause of diarrhoea in infants and children worldwide, particularly those age five and below.

Diarrhoea and serious vomiting could lead to severe dehydration and death if victims do not seek immediate medical attention.


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