KOTA BARU: The Kelantan Health Department wants contact between the orang asli community in Kampung Kuala Koh in Gua Musang and outsiders to be restricted.
Its director Dr Zaini Hussin said the move was to curtail the spread of pneumonia infection as it could be transmitted through respiration.
He said if any party would like to offer their assistance, they could get in touch with the Orang Asli Development Department directly.
“There is no need to isolate the residents in the village from others but the department will monitor the development in the village every two days.
“Of the population of 186, 83 of them have been or are being treated, the rest are found to be healthy and we will leave them be,” he said.
Meanwhile, commenting on whether the disease was related to the fungal infection (scalp skin) that was allegedly experienced by the orang asli before, Dr Zaini said it was unlikely as the period between the two cases was long.He said the present case was clearly pneumonia.
Dr Zaini also said a team from the district health office, which was directed to search for cases actively in the village, found another 24 cases with fever and cough symptoms.
He said these cases were brought to the Chiku 3 Health Clinic for further treatment.
“Control activities were carried out in the field through the Gua Musang district health office in the affected areas. This was done in the form of health education via health talks and distribution of leaflets on infectious diseases, personal hygiene and the need to ensure a clean environment,” he said.
“In addition, active case detection was carried out involving all orang asli villagers in Kampung Kuala Koh while tracking of the disease contact point is also being conducted.”