Saturday, September 5, 2009

Many still clueless about H1N1, says D-G

PUTRAJAYA: Many people are still unclear about Influenza A(H1N1) symptoms despite the aggressive awareness campaign by the media and health authorities, said Health Ministry director-general Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican.

He said judging from calls received by the ministry’s hotlines, many people were still unaware that the A(H1N1) symptoms were fever, cough, headache, pain in joints or body aches, cold, sore throat and breathing difficulty.

“We still get many calls asking for the symptoms,” he said.

Dr Ismail said the five preventive measures the public should take on A(H1N1) are:

> cover the mouth when coughing or sneezing

> maintain good personal hygiene by constantly washing hands,

> stay away from individuals with influenza-like illness (ILI)

> avoid crowded places, and

> parents with young children should stay away from public places.

Dr Ismail said no new deaths had been recorded over the past 24 hours, adding that the death toll remained at 73. - The Star

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