Saturday, August 22, 2009

H1N1: 310 Discharged From Hospitals, No Deaths Recorded

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 22 (Bernama) -- No fatalities were recorded for the second consecutive day, as 310 Influenza A(H1N1) cases were discharged from hospitals as of 8am on Saturday.

The number of deaths due to Influenza A(H1N1) remained at 68 while 1,476 cases are being treated at 102 hospitals nationwide including three private hospitals, said Director-General of Health Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican in a statement on Saturday.

The number include 230 patients warded and receiving treatment for Influenza-Like Illness (ILI), he said.

From the 1,476 total, 316 were tested positive for H1N1 and 40 of the cases were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

"Of the 40 cases in ICU, 25 cases are in the high risk group," said Dr Mohd Ismail in the statement.

Dr Mohd Ismail said according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) report, H1N1 pandemic was still active in 182 countries.

He added that as of 8am on Saturday, the WHO had reported 1,227 new cases and 34 deaths, raising the overall total of HiN1 cases to 234,569 and the number of deaths, to 2,433.

Dr Mohd Ismail advised people with ILI or those with H1N1 like symptoms to stay away from public places, including avoiding crowded places like Ramadan bazaars, mosques and other religious places.

"Those who have slight cough or fever should also avoid such places and if they have to go to such places, they must wear masks to reduce the risk factor," he said. -- BERNAMA

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