ABOUT 20 to 30 per cent of the Malaysian population is expected to be infected with the swine flu virus, a WHO official has warned.
The number of confirmed cases and deaths in Malaysia were rising and it was a cause of concern, World Health Organisation (WHO) official Dr Hans Tieru said.
Tieru, the WHO in-charge of Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore, warned of severe cases and rise in deaths due to the A(H1N1) virus.
"Malaysia, just like other countries around the world and region, must be prepared to handle the burden.
"This pandemic is still evolving and the new virus is expected to be around infecting people for at least a year or more. We are definitely going to see many people around the world become victims of this new virus. The reality is the pandemic will not stop soon," he was quoted as saying by Zeenews.com of India.
"Let me warn you, it's going to be around for more than a year. We are going to see an increasing number
of more severe cases and deaths."
The government must come out with a comprehensive plan to handle the situation with sufficient human
resources, medical facilities, equipment and medication, WHO recommended.
Another 270 new cases and six deaths were reported within the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of infected cases to 2,253 with 38 deaths in Malaysia. - Malay Mail.