KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 27 (Bernama) -- No new deaths due to Influenza A (H1N1) have been registered today, leaving the death toll at 71, with patients confirmed positive with the virus at 259 cases.
Director-general of Health Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican said of the 259 cases, 53 were in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with 41 risk factor cases like those with chronic illness, obesity, children or babies, pregnant women, new mothers and Down's Syndrome.
He said 260 new patients with influenza-like illness (ILI) had been admitted to hospital for treatment while 312 had been discharged, leaving 1,394 ILI patients at 94 hospitals, including five private hospital.
"Those with ILI should rest at home and wear masks at all times when in public places," he said in a press statement on the H1N1 situation nationwide.
Dr Mohd Ismail urged the public to understand the difference between normal flu and H1N1.
"Those infected with H1N1 normally have high fever (temperatures of over 38 degrees Celcius) for three to four days, headache, sore throat, tiredness, body aches and cough without phlegm during the early stage.
"While those with normal flu rarely have fever or light fever (temperatures of less than 38 degree Celcius), running nose and often sneezes," he said. -- BERNAMA