PUTRAJAYA: Fifteen cases of malaria, all involving Orang Asli children, have been reported in Kuala Lipis, Pahang, and the cause of the outbreak is being investigated, says Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
He said that from Thursday (July 11) to Monday (July 15), 15 Orang Asli, all children aged four to 10, from Kampung Pagar and Kampung Serdang in Pos Lenjang, have been diagnosed with Plasmodium vivax and have been admitted to Hospital Kuala Lipis.
"They are all in stable condition," he said.
The 15 were made up of four clusters of malaria cases reported to the Kuala Lipis District Office from the Betau Health Clinic, he said.
"The cause of the infection is being investigated by the Kuala Lipis health office, because the area has not had any reported cases of malaria for the last eight years.
"The last case was reported in 2011," he said in a statement Monday (July 15).
Dr Noor Hisham said that 393 blood samples had been collected from the two villages for microscopic examination.
The Pahang health department has activated the outbreak operational room on July 12 and carried out active case detection, he added.
The villagers have also been advised to take precautions and use mosquito repellent and to avoid carrying out activities in the evenings, he said.