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LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — The autopsy on the body of pop star Michael Jackson has been completed, but the coroner has ordered further tests and the cause of death has not been determined, a spokesman said.

The cause of pop star Michael Jackson's death has not been determined after Friday's autopsy.

The cause of pop star Michael Jackson’s death has not been determined after Friday’s autopsy.

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Craig Harvey from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office also said the autopsy showed no sign of external trauma or indication of foul play.

The cause of death has been deferred, which means the medical examiner has ordered additional testing such as toxicology and other studies, Craig Harvey, operations chief for the coroner, told a throng of reporters.

He said that once those tests are completed in four to six weeks, “We anticipate being able to close the case and issuing a final cause of death.”

Harvey said the coroner has ordered toxicology, neuropathology and pulmonary tests. He also said Jackson was taking prescription medication, but did not elaborate.

The coroner’s office released the details hours after a 911 call tape from Jackson’s home was released.

The person at Jackson’s home who called 911 Thursday told the operator the singer wasn’t breathing and wasn’t conscious, according to a recording of the phone call released Friday.

“I need an ambulance,” the person told the 911 operator.

Police spoke with Jackson’s doctor on Thursday but have been unable to reach him Friday for further questioning, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

A car the doctor was using was towed from Jackson’s home Thursday and impounded, authorities said.

The car may contain “medications pertinent to the investigation” into Jackson’s death, said detective Agustin Villanueva of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Officials said they were confident the doctor will cooperate with the investigation.

Police did not release the doctor’s name. Video Listen to the 911 call »

Public records show the car is registered to a Texas woman who is an associate of a cardiologist. The cardiologist is licensed in California and Texas and also has an office in Las Vegas, Nevada.

CNN’s calls to the doctor’s office were not immediately returned.

Authorities said Friday the cause of Michael Jackson’s death will not be determined officially for weeks.

The superstar’s sudden death Thursday at age 50 left a family devastated, an industry stunned and legions of fans lost. It also left a glaring question: What happened?

“The likelihood is very slim that we will have any results to release today because of the extensive level of the tests that we’re going to be performing,” said Ed Winter, assistant chief of the Los Angeles coroners office.

The results of toxicology tests are expected in six to eight weeks, he said, adding that the cause of death will be determined when all results come in.

Initial autopsy results could show whether Jackson had an underlying heart condition, medical experts say. Video Watch coroner’s office discuss Jackson’s death. »

There are questions over whether Jackson’s death may have involved medication.

Brian Oxman, a former attorney for the Jackson family who was with the family in the hospital emergency room on Thursday, told CNN he had been concerned about medications the pop star was taking.

“I talked to this family about it, I warned them. I said that Michael is overmedicating and that I did not want to see this kind of a case develop,” Oxman told CNN’s “American Morning” on Friday.

He referred to Anna Nicole Smith, the former model and reality TV show star who died of an overdose in 2007.

“I said, ‘If that’s what’s going to happen to Michael, it’s all going to break our hearts.’ And my worst fears are here.” Video Watch CNN’s Sanjay Gupta discuss Jackson’s death »

Oxman emphasized that he does not know what killed Jackson, and was not making accusations against any individual.

CNN is seeking response from the family.

Jackson was in apparent cardiac arrest when paramedics rushed him Thursday from his home to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where a team of physicians tried to resuscitate him for more than an hour, according to Jackson’s brother Jermaine. He said the music idol was pronounced dead at 2:26 p.m. Video Watch crowds gather at the hospital. »

The night before he had complained of not feeling well, brother Marlon Jackson said.

He told CNN on Thursday about his conversation with Jackson’s manager Frank Dileo. On Wednesday night, Jackson said he was not feeling well, so his doctor went to see him. “Frank said, ‘Marlon, from last night to this morning, I don’t know what happened.’ When they got to him this morning, he wasn’t breathing.”

The troubled icon had been preparing for a comeback tour, aimed at extending his legendary career and helping to pay off hundreds of millions of dollars in debt.

Michael Jackson began his professional work at age 5, singing with his brothers before shooting to superstardom as a solo artist. He had numerous No. 1 hits, the best known being “Thriller.”

“Thriller” was the best-selling album of all time, at an estimated 50 million copies worldwide.

After dominating the popular music scene for years, Jackson became reclusive and mired in scandals that included child molestation charges. He was acquitted after a highly publicized trial in Santa Maria, California, in March 2006.

Last year, Jackson announced a comeback tour that was to start in July. When some of the shows were postponed till next year, rumors spread that the entertainer was weak and suffering from skin cancer.

But Marlon Jackson said he last saw his younger brother at a May 14 family gathering and he “looked great.”

“He was looking well. He was getting ready to go into rehearsals for his tour. I don’t know what happened,” Marlon Jackson said.

The most famous of Michael Jackson’s eight siblings, Janet, issued a statement through her manager.

“Janet Jackson is grief-stricken and devastated at the sudden loss of her brother,” said Kenneth Crear. “She is … flying immediately to California to be with her family.”

A large crowd gathered outside the hospital, while in New York a huge crowd gathered outside the Apollo Theater.

Around the world, fans reacted with sadness. iReport.com: Share your Michael Jackson memories

Some, including actress Elizabeth Taylor and musician Stevie Wonder, were too distraught to issue statements.

Producer Quincy Jones, who helped Jackson craft his hit albums “Off the Wall” and “Thriller,” said, “I am absolutely devastated at this tragic and unexpected news.

“For Michael to be taken away from us so suddenly at such a young age, I just don’t have the words,” Jones added in a statement.

Jackson’s music continues to be heard throughout the world “because he had it all — talent, grace, professionalism and dedication,” Jones said. He called Jackson a consummate entertainer, whose legacy will be felt around the world.

“I’ve lost my little brother today and part of my soul has gone with him,” Jones said.

Berry Gordy, producer and founder of Motown Records, said Jackson’s death was “like a bad dream.”

“As a kid, Michael was always beyond his years. He was an innovator. He was a genius at what he did,” Gordy said. “He had a knowingness about him. At 9 years old, when I first started working with him, he seemed to me like he had been here before. He was just so knowledgeable about life.”

Jackson’s former wife, Lisa Marie Presley, said she was “shocked and saddened” by his death.

“My heart goes out to his children and his family,” she said.

Jackson is survived by his three children, Prince Michael I, Paris and Prince Michael II.

CNN’s Alan Duke and Drew Griffin contributed to this report.

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(CNN) — Entertainer Michael Jackson died after being taken to a hospital on Thursday having suffered cardiac arrest, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office.

A Los Angeles fire official told CNN that paramedics arrived at Michael Jackson’s home after a 911 call.

A Los Angeles fire official told CNN that paramedics arrived at Michael Jackson's home after a 911 call.

Paramedics took Jackson, 50, from his west Los Angeles home Thursday afternoon to UCLA Medical Center, where a team of physicians attempted to resuscitate him for more than an hour, said brother Jermaine Jackson. He said the famed singer was pronounced dead at 2:26 p.m. PT.

An autopsy is scheduled Friday, he said. Results are expected Friday afternoon, according to Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles coroner’s office, who also said Jackson was unresponsive when he arrived at the hospital.

Fire Capt. Steve Ruda told CNN paramedics were sent to a west Los Angeles, California, residence after a 911 call came in at 12:21 p.m.

Law enforcement officials said the Los Angeles Police Department Robbery-Homicide Division opened an investigation into Jackson’s death. They stressed there is no evidence of criminal wrongdoing but that they would conduct interviews with family members and friends.

CNN Analyst Roland S. Martin spoke on Thursday with Marlon Jackson, brother of Michael Jackson.

“I talked to Frank Dileo, Michael’s manager. Frank told me that Michael last night was complaining about not feeling well. He called to tell him he wasn’t feeling well.

“Michael’s doctor went over to see him, and Frank said, ‘Marlon, from last night to this morning, I don’t know what happened.’ When they got to him this morning, he wasn’t breathing. They rushed him to the hospital and couldn’t bring him around.”

“Janet Jackson is grief-stricken and devastated at the sudden loss of her brother,” Kenneth Crear, her manager said. “She is … flying immediately to California to be with her family.”

Michael Jackson, the music icon from Gary, Indiana, was known as the “King of Pop.” Jackson had many No. 1 hits, and his “Thriller” is the best-selling album of all time. Video Watch why Jackson is “as big as it gets” »

Jackson was the seventh of nine children from a well-known musical family. He is survived by three children, Prince Michael I, Paris and Prince Michael II. Video Watch Jesse Jackson share memories »

Jackson’s former wife, Lisa Marie Presley, said she was “shocked and saddened” by Jackson’s death. “My heart goes out to his children and his family,” she said.

At the medical center, every entrance to the emergency room was blocked by security guards. Even hospital staffers were not permitted to enter. A few people stood inside the waiting area, some of them crying. iReport.com: Your Michael Jackson tributes

Video footage shows a large crowd gathering outside the hospital.

Some of Jackson’s music was being played outside. The sounds of “Thriller” and “Beat It” bounced off the walls. Video Kingston: Jackson “a legend” »

Outside Jackson’s Bel Air home, police arrived on motorcycles. The road in front of the home was closed in an attempt to hold traffic back, but several people were gathered outside the home. Video Sharpton: Jackson “was a trailblazer” »

Along with his success Jackson had some legal troubles later in his career.

He was acquitted of child molestation charges after a well-publicized trial in Santa Maria, California, in March 2006.

Prosecutors charged the singer with four counts of lewd conduct with a child younger than 14; one count of attempted lewd conduct; four counts of administering alcohol to facilitate child molestation; and one count of conspiracy to commit child abduction, false imprisonment or extortion.

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PUTRAJAYA (NST) , Tue: Two more schools have been closed from today, raising to four the schools shut down so far as the number people who have contracted Influenza A(H1N1) rose by 10 to 68 as of today. The Seri Cempaka International School in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, has been ordered to close until Saturday and the Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan Assunta 1 in Petaling Jaya for a week. Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan (C) Jalan Davidson in Kuala Lumpur and Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan Assunta 2 in Petaling Jaya are also closed until Saturday. Three other schools have one class in each closed until Saturday. They are Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Seksyen 9 Shah Alam and Sekolah Menengah Wangsa Maju Seksyen 2, Kuala Lumpur. Director-General of Health Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican said the Seri Cempaka International School now has two cases of the disease among its students. The country’s 62nd Influenza A(H1N1) case, a 16-year-old Malaysian student of the school, developed fever, cough and sore throat on June 20 after having come into contact with another student, the country’s 42nd case, also of the same school, he told reporters. Dr Mohd Ismail said the 10 new cases of the disease involved students of the Seri Cempaka International School, two of them from local transmission and eight imported — five Malaysian, one Yemeni, one Swiss and one Italian. Of the total 68 cases, 59 were imported and nine through local transmission, he said.

Malaysia Asia Swine Flu

Dr Mohd Ismail said that with the transmission of the disease in schools, it might be necessary for schools to conduct internal screening, with the teachers encouraged to examine the students and pupils for fever. He said a decision on the proposal and how to conduct the examination would be announced tomorrow after a meeting of the technical committee to discuss the measures to be adopted in schools. He also said that students who had visited countries such as the Philippines, the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States would be advised to undergo self-quarantine for seven days and keep away from school. He reminded the people against withholding information on their having come into contact with those tested positive for the disease, saying that they could be penalised for failure to furnish complete information. This was to ensure that local transmission of the disease would be kept to a minimum. Dr Mohd Ismail said that of the 10 new cases, the 59th case was a Malaysian girl who had returned to the country from San Francisco, arriving at the KL International Airport on June 19 without any symptoms. He said she developed fever, sore throat and cough on June 21 and was admitted to the Sungai Buloh Hospital and was confirmed to be Influenza A(H1N1) positive the following day. He said the 60th and 61st cases involved Malaysians, one of them a 14-year-old female student and the other a 23-year-old man. The student had returned to Malaysia from Melbourne on June 18, developed the symptoms on June 20 and received treatment at the Sime Darby Medical Centre in Subang Jaya on June 21, he said, adding that she was referred to the Sungai Buloh Hospital.

A Staff puts a notice board at the school gate as the school was order to close for 7 days due to H1N1 case on Sunday, June 21, 2009. Malaysia Health Ministry official said the country has ordered the first school to close amid eight new cases, bringing the country’s total number of infections to 50. Two of the new cases are students at the school. Image taken from: Suomen Kuvalehti.fi

A Staff puts a notice board at the school gate as the school was order to close for 7 days due to H1N1 case on Sunday, June 21, 2009. Malaysia Health Ministry official said the country has ordered the first school to close amid eight new cases, bringing the country’s total number of infections to 50. Two of the new cases are students at the school. Image taken from: Suomen Kuvalehti.fi

The man had returned to Malaysia on June 19 and travelled to Kuching the same day, developed symptoms of the disease the following day and was admitting to the Sarawak General Hospital on June 21, he said. Dr Mohd Ismail said the 63rd case, a 24-year-old Yemeni national, arrived in Malaysia from Bangkok on June 19 and developed fever and cough the following day. He received treatment at the Damansara Specialist Hospital on June 21 and was admitted to the Sungai Buloh Hospital the following day. The 64th case was a 54-year-old Swiss national who had arrived in Malaysia with his wife on June 21 and developed fever and cough on June 18 and was admitted to the Tuanku Jaafar Hospital in Seremban yesterday. Dr Mohd Ismail said the 65th case was a 19-year-old Italian national who had completed a three-month study in Melbourne and arrived in Malaysia on June 21. He developed fever, cough and headache the same day and was admitted to the Tuanku Jaafar Hospital in Seremban yesterday. He said the 66th case was a 11-year-old Malaysian male pupil who had contracted the disease from the 36th case, a pupil of the SRJK (C) Jalan Davidson, Kuala Lumpur, on June 20 and was admitted to the Sungai Buloh Hospital yesterday. The 67th and 68th cases were a five-year-old girl who lives in Manila and who had returned to Malaysia and a 42-year-old man who had gone to Manila, he said. He said the girl had accompanied her mother back to Malaysia on June 20 and gone on to Penang. She had developed symptoms of the disease on June 21 and was admitted to the Penang Hospital yesterday. The man had come back to Malaysia on June 18 and driven to Penang where he fell ill on June 21 and was admitted to the Penang Hospital yesterday. Dr Mohd Ismail said the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that as of 8am today, the cumulative cases of the disease had risen to 52,687 with 231 deaths in 99 countries, an increase of 7,709 cases. He said the countries which reported a high number of new cases were the United States (3,594), Chile (1,190), Canada (805), the United Kingdom (754) and Australia (297).

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — A rush-hour collision Monday between two Metro trains north of downtown Washington, D.C., killed at least six people and injured scores, Mayor Adrian Fenty said.

One train was stationary when the crash happened, according to Metro General Manager John Catoe.

One train was stationary when the crash happened, according to Metro General Manager John Catoe.

He called it the deadliest crash in the history of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, known as Metro. One of the dead was the female operator of one of the trains, Metro officials said.

“The scene is as horrific as you can imagine,” Fenty said in a news conference. “One car was almost squeezed completely together.”

The crash happened just before 5 p.m. on an above-ground track on the Red Line in the District of Columbia near the border with Takoma Park, Maryland. Watch woman say she, fellow passengers ‘went flying’ Video

Seventy people were treated at the scene — 56 with minor injuries, 12 with moderate injuries and two with life-threatening injuries, according to Chief Dennis Rubin of Washington’s Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department. See location of crash »

Both trains were on the same track, and one of them was stationary when the crash happened, said John Catoe, Metro general manager.

Video footage of the scene showed two cars of one train lying atop the cars of another train. Emergency personnel carried injured passengers, some on stretchers, from the wreckage. Video Watch injured passengers limp from the scene »

“Metro officials do not know the cause of the collision and are not likely to know the cause for several days as the investigation unfolds,” a Metro statement said.

Fire department personnel cut through the trains to help people from the wreckage, officials said at a press briefing. Some three hours after the accident, fire department sources said rescue operations had ceased, with ongoing work focusing on recovery.

Jodie Wickett, a nurse who was a passenger on one of the trains, said she was was texting on her phone when she felt a bump.

“About 5-10 seconds later, the train came to a complete halt — we went flying,” Jodie Wickett said.

She said she went through some of the cars, trying to help people.

“There was debris and people pinned underneath,” she said.

Ten to 15 minutes passed before she saw emergency personnel, she said.

Groups of people wearing green plastic ribbons to show they had been checked by paramedics left the scene about 90 minutes after the crash. Some were crying, and a woman with her arm in a sling who gave her name as Tijuana described the crash as “an earthquake.”

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash, NTSB spokeswoman Bridget Serchak said.

At least two FBI officials were at the scene, and the FBI confirmed it was assisting as part of the National Capital Response Squad.

Amy Kudwa of the Department of Homeland Security said “at this early stage,” there was no indication of anything other than an accidental collision.

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“We will continue to monitor closely and provide support in any way needed,” Kudwa said.

It was the second Metro crash to involve fatalities in the 33-year history of the transit authority. In January 1982, a derailment killed three people. The only other collision between Metro trains occurred in 2004.

“We are extremely saddened that there are fatalities as a result of this accident, which has touched our Metro family,” Catoe said in a statement.

“Our safety officials are investigating, and will continue to investigate until we determine why this happened and what must be done to ensure it never happens again.”

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Dear Readers,

I’m sorry but I still haven’t finish my draft of the news (much later than my brother who had already published his – see it here : http://ahmadalikarim.wordpress.com/2009/06/19/pilot-died-in-flight/ ). I might finish it before the end of the day. But before it’s done, here are the copies of news from other sites…

The Independent World: Pilot Dies At Control On Flight to Us

A pilot on a Continental Airlines flight from Brussels to Newark died in mid-flight yesterday, but its 247 passengers landed safely in New Jersey under the control of two co-pilots. The 60-year-old pilot of the Boeing 777, who had worked for Continental for 32 years, apparently suffered a heart attack in mid-air. Passengers were aware that someone had been taken ill after a call was made over the public address system asking for doctors on the flight to make themselves known, but they were not told who it was that required treatment. Dr Julien Struyven, a 72-year-old cardiologist and radiologist from Brussels, answered the call but was unable to save the pilot. “He was not alive,” Dr Struyven told the Associated Press. He used a defibrillator in an attempt at resuscitation, but said that there was “no chance at all” of reviving him. In a statement released last night, Continental said: “The captain of Continental flight 61, which was en route from Brussels to Newark, died in flight, apparently of natural causes. The crew on this flight included an additional relief pilot who took the place of the deceased pilot. The flight continued safely with two pilots at the controls.”

Reuters: Pilot dies, plane lands safely in Newark

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A pilot on a Continental Airlines flight from Brussels to Newark died in mid-flight on Thursday, but the plane landed safely in New Jersey under the control of two co-pilots, authorities said on Thursday.

Continental flight 61 from Brussels landed at Newark Liberty International Airport, according to Continental’s website.

“The captain of Continental flight 61, which was en route from Brussels to Newark, died in flight, apparently of natural causes,” Continental said in a statement.

“The crew on this flight included an additional relief pilot who took the place of the deceased pilot. The flight continued safely with two pilots at the controls,” it said.

The plane was a Boeing 777 with 247 passengers on board.

The pilot, 60, was based in Newark and had worked for Continental for 32 years, the airline said. Continental has one flight daily between Brussels and Newark.

Separately, an aircraft with 89 people on board taking off from Boston’s Logan International Airport narrowly missed a truck on the runway on Thursday, in an incident described by airport authorities as “serious.”

US Airways Group Inc Flight 27 to Phoenix was taking off at 6:36 a.m. (1036 GMT) when a vehicle driven by an outside contractor working at the airport drove across the runway, airport spokesman Phil Orlandella said.

Airport authorities stripped the driver of his right to drive in the airport. The flight landed safely in Phoenix.

The Boston Globe reported that the airplane missed the truck by seconds, quoting an airport official as saying the incident was serious and would be investigated.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols and Deepa Seetharaman in New York and Anne Jolis in Brussels, Editing by Patricia Zengerle)

CNN: Trans-Atlantic passenger jet lands safely after pilot dies

(CNN) — The pilot of Continental Flight 61 died Thursday as the plane flew from Brussels, Belgium, to Newark, New Jersey, the Federal Aviation Administration and Continental Airlines said.

Pilot Craig Lenell is shown with daughter Jennifer Lenell-Small, a former Continental employee.

Pilot Craig Lenell is shown with daughter Jennifer Lenell-Small, a former Continental employee.

The 60-year-old Newark-based pilot died of “apparently of natural causes” about halfway through the flight, the airline said. He had 32 years of service with Continental, it said.

The pilot’s family identified him to CNN as Craig Lenell.

The airline said the crew on the flight included an additional relief pilot who took the place of the deceased man, and “the flight continued safely with two pilots at the controls.” The Boeing 777 landed safely at Newark International Airport at 11:49 a.m. ET Thursday, the airline said.

No further details were given. Continental did not release the pilot’s name.

Asked whether the plane’s 247 passengers had been told of the situation, a Continental spokesman said only that the plane had arrived safely.

Passengers told CNN that they were not informed, and that the only indication of a problem was that an announcement for a doctor was made during the flight. Video Watch a report about airline procedures »

“I haven’t heard anything.” passenger Chris Balchuas, from Houston, Texas, told reporters after the flight. “They just said there was a medical emergency and were there any doctors aboard.”

Another passenger, Dr. Julien Struyzen, said he responded to the request for a doctor and pronounced the pilot dead.

“He was clinically dead when I came in,” Struyzen said. Flight personnel asked him if anything was possible, and he said “it was not.”

He did not give additional details.

Struyzen said all flight personnel were “very professional.” Video Watch the doctor talk about his experience »

Balchuas, after being told what had happened, said, “Oh, that’s scary. I didn’t know anything about that.”

He said nothing was unusual about the flight, just that about “four or five fire trucks and a whole bunch of medical emergency teams” met the plane when it landed.

Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the New York and New Jersey Port Authority, said the FAA told Newark airport officials to have emergency crews standing by for the landing.

And last but not least from my handsome younger brother Ahmad Ali Karim (see it here: http://ahmadalikarim.wordpress.com/2009/06/19/pilot-died-in-flight/)

Ahmad Ali Karim’s Weblog: Pilot Died In Flight

The pilot died during the Continental Flight 61 from Brussels, Belgium to Newark, New Jersey on Thursday.

The pilot’s family told CNN that the pilot’s name is Craig Lenell, 60 years old.

There were 3 pilots on the trans-Atlantic flight.

Trans-Atlantic flights are the flights that fly across the Atlantic Ocean.

When the pilot died the two other pilots flew the Boeing 777 and landed at Newark International Airport at 11:49 AM ET Thursday.

ET means the North America Eastern Time Zone.

All the 247 passengers were safe and only knew that the pilot died when they reached Newark.

I think the pilot’s family are very sad because the pilot died.

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KUALA LUMPUR, June 17 (Bernama) — Malaysia has recorded its first local infection of influenza A(H1N1) involving a 17-year old female Malaysian student. ADVERTISEMENT Health Ministry director-general Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican in a statement today said the girl, the 19th person positive for influenza A(H1N1), had no history of having travelled to a country that had the flu. He said the student had shown symptoms of cough and cold on June 14 beginning at 9pm and began developing a fever the next day and on same day went to the University of Malaya Medical Centre and was referred to the Sungai Buloh Hospital at 10am. “During investigation, the 19th case reported that she was in contact with the 12th case, a medical student who was confirmed positive for influenza A(H1N1) on June 13. Before this she was not listed as a contact to case 12. “This caused failure to do early monitoring and quarantine of case 19 and caused 20 more people (contacts) to be exposed to influenza A(H1N1) infection,” he said.

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Hmmm… seems like nobody hit the bulls eye. The answer is actually a…

…SNAIL!!!

Yup, it’s a small snail sitting on the windscreen. Somewhere on the Karak Highway, it glided to the roof of the car and most probably blown away because when we arrived at the rest area I searched for the snail but it was nowhere to be found. I was sitting at the front seat and was able to snap a few photos of it. Scroll down to have a look!

We found it on the hiding behind the wiper after passing the Gombak toll.

We found it hiding behind the wiper after passing the Gombak toll.

Later it moved from left to the right side of the windscreen and started to climb.

Later it moved from left to the right side of the windscreen and started to climb.

A better view of the climbing snail

A better view of the climbing snail

It's already climbed higher than it's previous position but climbing at a very slow pace.

It had already climbed higher than it's previous position but climbing at a very slow pace.

A few minutes later, it moved a few centimetres higher up. I guess it wanted to have a better view of the highway

A few minutes later, it moved a few centimetres higher up. I guess it wanted to have a better view of the highway

The snail can now feel the wind pushing it upwards

The snail can now feel the wind pushing it upwards

The snail's desire to get a better view drops while his fear of getting blown away suddenly struck it as it glided up the windscreen assisted by the 'kind wind'

The snail's desire to get a better view drops while his fear of getting blown away suddenly struck it as it glided up the windscreen assisted by the 'kind wind'

This was the last photo I was able to capture. Later, it glided up to the roof and disappeared. The poor old city snail who thought of moving to a nice town in Terengganu is now lost somewhere near the highway and had to learn to live the country ways. What a disappointment! 😦

Ps; I am now on my way to Terengganu accompanied by hopes of meeting Uncle Azahar at Zainun’s Nasi Ayam.

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