More Orang Asli down with measles


PETALING JAYA: Seven Orang Asli from Terengganu and four from Pahang have now been confirmed to have measles following an outbreak in Kampung Kuala Koh, Gua Musang, Kelantan, said the Health Ministry.

The Orang Asli from Terengganu had come in contact with the Orang Asli from Kampung Kuala Koh while the Orang Asli from Pahang had travelled to the affected Orang Asli village in Terengganu.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (pic) said the ministry had received reports of 20 cases of suspected measles from Kampung Gerdong, Hulu Terengganu, Tereng­ganu and Kampung Ulu Sat, Jerantut, Pahang.

Out of the 20 cases, 11 were confirmed to be measles as of yesterday following lab test results.

“The Health Ministry has received reports of cases that are suspected to be measles among the Orang Asli in Kampung Gerdong (12 cases) and in Kampung Ulu Sat (eight).

“Preliminary investigations found that there was history of contact or movement between the suspected cases in Hulu Terengganu with the Bateq tribe from Kampung Kuala Koh.

“Meanwhile, for the cluster in Jerantut, there was history of movement whereby some of the community members had gone to Kampung Gerdong.

“Through lab tests, as many as seven cases in Terengganu and four cases in Pahang were confirmed to be measles,” he told reporters after attending the Mental Health Experiential Conference 2019 at a hotel here on Tuesday.

Dr Dzulkefly added that all affected villages had been cordoned off to contain the disease.

He said this was because the Orang Asli communities were nomadic in nature, and it would not be suitable to quarantine them in other places.

“The Health Ministry continues to work with the relevant agencies to contain the spread of the disease.

“For now, the situation is under control.

“The public are urged not to worry as the Health Ministry will inform of the latest developments from time to time,” he said.

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