Influenza: Selangor still has highest number of cases among schoolchildren

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  • Monday, 20 Jan 2020

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Selangor still has the highest number of schoolchildren infected with influenza, with 863 cases of Influenza A and H1N1.

Selangor Education director Dr Mahanom Mat Sam said the cases were recorded in 278 schools involving 10 locations.

She said the district with the highest number of cases was Petaling Perdana with 231 cases, followed by Klang (154), Petaling Utama (113) and Sepang (102).

"Gombak recorded 88 cases, followed by Hulu Langat (85), Kuala Langat (27), Hulu Selangor (20), Sabak Bernam (nine) and Kuala Selangor (eight).

"All the victims have received treatment at nearby clinics and hospitals, and reported to be stable. Those who were warded and monitored at the hospital have also been allowed to return home and were given three to seven days of medical leave, ” she said in a statement here on Monday (Jan 20).

However, no classes or schools in Selangor were ordered to close.

In PENANG, state Education director Abdul Rashid Abdul Samad said 226 pupils in 110 primary and secondary schools in Penang had been infected to date, compared to 198 cases from 96 schools recorded last Friday (Jan 17).

"A total of 181 students from 87 primary schools and 45 students from 23 secondary schools in the state have been infected with influenza, seven of them receiving hospital treatment while the others are in quarantine at their homes, ” he said.

Apart from the students, he said seven female teachers from four primary schools and three secondary schools were also infected, with four of them receiving hospital treatment.

Meanwhile, Abdul Rashid said a Year Two class at SJKC Kai Chee in Sungai Dua, Butterworth, was closed from Monday until Jan 26, after four pupils were infected.

"In addition, the preschool class at SK Pinang Tunggal, Kepala Batas was also closed from Friday to Jan 23, while two Year 2 classes at the SJKC Li Hwa which was closed since Jan 8, were reopened on Monday, ” he told Bernama.

In PERAK, a state Education Department spokesman said the number of students infected as of Monday was 103, up from 99 cases recorded Sunday (Jan 19).

He said the Kinta district saw the highest number of cases with 48 students from 29 schools, while Bagan Datuk had 19 cases involving five schools, followed by Larut Matang and Selama with 14 cases from 10 schools, and Manjung with eight cases at five schools.

The Central Perak district recorded three cases at three schools, followed by Kuala Kangsar (four cases at three schools), Kerian (two cases at two schools), Hilir Perak (four cases at two schools) and Batang Padang, (one case).

However, SM Sains Teluk Intan (Semesti) in the Bagan Datuk district was reopened after 10 students were found to be infected with Influenza A.

In PAHANG, 65 cases of influenza were reported to the state Education Department, up from 56 cases last week.

Its director, Datuk Dr Tajuddin Mohd Yunus, said they involved 53 pupils of primary schools, five pre-school children, five secondary school students and two teachers.

"The area most affected is Kuantan involving 28 students, including one from secondary school and a preschooler.

"Cameron Highlands and Maran each recorded eight cases followed by Pekan (six students and one teacher), Temerloh (six students), Bentong (four students), Bera (two students) and one each in Jerantut and Rompin, ” he said when contacted here.

Tajuddin said another teacher in Cameron Highlands had also been diagnosed with influenza, but no classes or schools were closed so far as all those involved had been quarantined at home or were being treated in hospital.

In KEDAH, 65 students and teachers in 39 primary and secondary schools were infected, according to state Education and Human Resources Committee chairman Dr Salmee Said.

She said it involved seven districts, namely Kuala Muda/Yan with 11 schools, Kulim/Bandar Baharu (11), Kubang Pasu (8), Kota Setar (4), Pendang and Padang Terap (two each); and Sik with one school.

"The (number of) influenza cases in the state has not reached a level that requires classes or schools to be closed. In terms of school management, they will act according to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) in place, including in the aspects of hygiene, ” she said, adding that the situation was under control with continued monitoring by the Health Ministry.

In SABAH, state Education director Dr Mistirine Radin said 12 primary schoolchildren were infected with Influenza A as of last Friday.

"However, everything is under control. They (schoolchildren) are being treated in hospital, ” she told reporters after observing the implementation of the Enhanced Supplementary Food Programme (ESFP) at SK Kebagu in Kota Kinabalu.

On Dec 29, the Sabah Health and People's Wellbeing Ministry recorded eight cases of H1N1 involving children in the state.

In JOHOR, 138 students were found to have shown influenza-like symptoms as of Sunday.

State Education, Health and Human Resources Committee chairman Aminolhuda Hassan said, however, the situation is still under control with those having the symptoms being advised not to come to school and seek medical treatment.

"It is best for children who have fever or cough not to come to school to prevent them from spreading the disease to their classmates and others, ” he told reporters after launching the Johor Baru district Schools Influenza Prevention Campaign, at SK Taman Damai Jaya.

Aminolhuda said so far, all the pupils were only suspected of contracting influenza, and there had been no confirmation from hospitals as yet. - Bernama

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