DG: Student thought to have Covid-19 tests positive for dengue

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  • Thursday, 13 Aug 2020

PETALING JAYA: A Form Five student in Lembah Pantai who went viral on social media for purportedly having Covid-19 has tested positive for dengue fever.

But it is not yet known if the student has Covid-19, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He added that his ministry launched an immediate investigation after receiving a report from a secondary school about a symptomatic case involving its student.

The ministry had also taken note of a viral message spread via WhatsApp and social media about a positive Covid-19 case in Lembah Pantai involving a student from a school in Seri Pantai, he said.

“Our investigations found that the Form Five student had symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea on Aug 9 and 10 after which the student sought treatment at a clinic.

“The student was then transferred to a medical centre for further treatment and was screened for dengue fever and also Covid-19.

“The dengue fever result turned up positive, but verification for the Covid-19 test is still being carried out at the lab to ensure there is no cross-response during the test, ” he said in his daily brief yesterday.

To date, 34 students and eight teachers have been identified as close contacts to the student.

“From this number, 28 individuals were screened and another 14 have been told to be at the clinic for the test, ” said Dr Noor Hisham.

All of the individuals screened were put under home surveillance order, he said, adding that the sanitisation process has also been carried out at identified locations.

“Monitoring on this symptomatic case and all of the close contacts will continue to be done by the Health Ministry, ” he added.

Dr Noor Hisham however stressed that the positive Covid-19 cases will only be reported as such after they are officially announced by the Health Ministry.

He said reports from other sources will be considered as speculation until investigations have been done and verified by his ministry.

“The public is advised to check first the validity of any information received before believing and spreading it, ” he said.

Yesterday, Dr Noor Hisham said Malaysia recorded 11 new Covid-19 cases, but none were from clusters.

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