First Local Case of Influenza A H1N1 in Malaysia

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.