Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Swine Flu in Malaysia

Since I am a Malaysian, I have read the news about the swine flu and how contagious it is through direct contact or airborne with an infected person. Recently, the Hospital of Kuching (which also recognized as Sarawak General Hospital) in Sarawak, Malaysia, received a 31-year-old man that claimed on having a fever, sore throat, cough and shortness of breath. He was just returned from United States on May 1 after spending at least 1 week there. My friend, Rano, who work in the hospital said that the man body temperature reached 40 and above when checked by the doctors.

Later from the sources that I read regarding the thread about the man, he was confirmed of having no swine flu since the virus in him is a normal flu virus. The Health Ministry deputy director general Dr Ramlee Rahmat said to the reporters and confirmed that the man was in stable condition and his temperature has gone down and his x-ray is clear.

The case was the third in Malaysia since the other two cases were in Penang and Selangor and they tested negative for the Influenza A (H1N1). The two patients there was still monitored closely. The case in Kuching, Sawarak have then alert the State Health Department to place the quarantined order in Sarawak.

Malaysia is still free from the Influenza A (H1N1) for the time being. I really hope that all airports in Malaysia can maintain their job to avoid any passengers that we know not whether the person have the contagious virus or not.

The picture was taken from the New Straits Times (

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