KUALA LUMPUR: Three more Orang Asli of the Bateq tribe were found to be infected with respiratory-related illnesses in Kampung Kuala Koh, says Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.
The latest cases involved an 11-year-old girl and a 24-year-old woman, detected on Thursday, and an 18-year-old youth on Friday.
“All three patients are in stable condition,” the Health Minister told reporters at the National Blood Centre yesterday.
Dzulkefly said the number of cases so far stood at 116.
He said 47 of them were confirmed to be measles through laboratory testing.
“As of Friday, 48 cases are still being treated in the hospital. Two are warded in the intensive care unit and others in normal ward.
“A total of 12 patients with mild symptoms are placed in the Orang Asli Health Lodging in Gua Musang and another 14 in the National Service Training Centre,” he said.
Dzulkefly said the number of deaths remained at three, which were confirmed to be measles.
“The post-mortem on the remains of 12 exhumed bodies has started.
Samples have been sent to the lab and tests are being done to ascertain the cause of death.
“Tests are also being conducted to determine their gender, age, ethnicity, height and time of death,” he said.
Dzulkefly added that one new case of suspected measles was detected among the Orang Asli community in Kg Gerdong, Hulu Terengganu.
“This brings the number to 13 cases, with eight confirmed to be measles there.
“There are no new cases from Kampung Ulu Sat in Jerantut,” he said, adding that the two villages in Pahang and Terengganu came in contact with the Bateq community in Gua Musang.
The Bateq community came under the spotlight following the deaths of 15 tribe members since May.
The authorities pointed to a measles outbreak as the cause, combined with a weak immune system and severe malnutrition.