Sunday, August 30, 2009

One more A(H1N1) death reported

PETALING JAYA: A 49-year-old unemployed man who died in the Malacca Hospital is the latest victim of Influenza A(H1N1), bringing the national death toll from the disease to 72.

His was the first reported death since last Wednesday when a 24-year-old woman, who died on Aug 19, was confirmed to be the 71st victim by the Health Ministry mortality review committee.

The man was admitted to the hospital on Aug 13 and immediately given anti-viral drugs and anti-biotics, after having fever, cough and vomiting for two days.

His condition worsened due to lung disorders, although he tested negative for tubercolosis, typhoid, dengue, leptospira infection and H1N1 on Aug 18.

The man was moved into the intensive care unit where he passed away on Aug 19 due to "severe pneumonia with septicaemic shock and H1N1", according to Health Department director-general Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican.

"The post-mortem biopsy report based on lung samples tested positive for Influenza A(H1N1) on Aug 24," he said in a statement Sunday.

He added that, as of 9am Sunday, 202 new patients with influenza-like illness (ILI) have been admitted to hospitals for treatment, while 285 have been discharged. - The Star

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