Friday, October 2, 2009

D-G: 11 days since last A(H1N1) death

PUTRAJAYA: It has been 11 days since the last death due to In­fluenza A(H1N1) virus was recorded.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican said the number of deaths had remained at 77 since Sept 19.

He added that in the past 24 hours, 110 new patients with symptoms of influenza-like illness were warded.

The total number of people being treated in hospitals nationwide now stands at 843, he said, adding that of the figure, only 70 patients, or 8%, were infected with the virus.

“We have 17 Influenza A(H1N1) patients in the intensive care unit and children under five years are among those being warded there,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Dr Ismail said the spread of the disease in the community re­mained active despite a decline in the number of cases, adding that the situation was the same worldwide as reported by the World Health Organisation.

“The public should not let their guard down. With people still in the festive mood and open houses and gatherings being hosted, the disease could still spread easily,” he said, advising hosts to provide sanitisers and tissues to their guests.

Dr Ismail said those who were ill should remain at home while healthy individuals in the high-risk group should take extra precautions to avoid falling ill. - The Star

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