Monday, August 10, 2009
August 10 H1N1 Update for Malaysia
Globally, 208,155 people have been found to be infected by the virus and 1,688 people from 174 countries have died. These are not scary statistics as compared to other plagues in history but it still warrants vigilance to contain the virus which was reported yesterday to have claimed eight more victims in East Malaysia.
As of today, 6 more deaths, taking total to 32
Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican advised the public to take preventive measures and heed the advice given by the Health Ministry.
He said those with symptoms of the disease or in the high-risk category should seek immediate treatment.
Individuals categorised as high risk are children aged below five, senior citizens aged 65 and above, pregnant women, asthmatics, those with chronic lung disease, dysfunctional organs, cardiovascular disease, liver problems, nerve problems, diabetes, obesity and weak immune system.
Those in these groups would be given antiviral treatment without requiring confirmation from lab tests, he said.
Further information on Influenza A (H1N1) can be obtained from the hotline at 03-8881-0200 and 03-8881-0300, which operates from 8am to 5.30pm, or by visiting the ministry’s website at http://www.moh.gov.my and http://h1n1.moh.gov.my.