M'sia to seek WHO input on Japan 'flesh-eating' bacteria outbreak, says Dzulkefly

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia will seek input from the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the situation regarding the Streptococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome (STSS) or "flesh-eating bacterial infection" outbreak in Japan, says Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad

The Health Minister said this was so that the country can put in place appropriate preventive control measures.

"We have not received any information or development (STSS). Maybe we need input from the WHO. It is very important.

"That's why international platforms such as WHO, IHR (International Health Regulations) and pandemic preparations are essential," he told the press after launching the myBPR@CKAPS here on Thursday (June 20).

He added the ministry will be ready to take the next step as soon as it receives information and developments regarding the situation.

"At the moment, it (case) has not yet reached the CPRC (National Crisis Preparedness and Response Center) or our infection department," he said.

As of June 9, Japan’s Health Ministry had recorded 977 cases of STSS.

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