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1,490 influenza A (H1N1) cases worldwide

KUALA LUMPUR, 6 May 2009: Worldwide influenza A (H1N1) infection cases have risen to 1,490 cases with 30 deaths as of yesterday, 405 more than the previous day while the countries affected remained at 21.

Director-General of Health, Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican said the World Health Organisation (WHO) report said the death was the 29th case for Mexico while the other case was in the United States.

Mexico reported 822 cases of influenza A (H1N1) compared to 590 cases while United States reported 403 cases of positive laboratory test, he said in a statement here today.

Countries with increased cases of positive laboratory test for influenza A (H1N1) and no death are Canada with 39 (total 140 cases), Germany with 1 case (8), Italy with 3 cases (5) and South Korea with 1 case (2).

Spain reported three more cases to 57, United Kingdom from 8 cases to 27 cases while statistics for other countries remained unchanged.

WHO still maintained the warning level for the influenza pandemic at Phase 5 and did not propose restriction on travel and trade including the closure of border to protect international health.

Ismail reiterated that Malaysia has no influenza A (H1N1) cases and that nine patients warded at Sg Buloh Hospitals, Sarawak General Hospital and Sultanah Aminah Hospital, Johor Baru tested negative.

He said health screening on tourists at all international entry points   and on Malaysians returning from overseas has been stepped up.

Those screened were given Health Declaration Forms dan Health Card Alerts. 

Some 5,019 passengers on 46 flights arriving at KL International Airport (KLIA), Sepang have been screened and none referred to hospitals.

The Health Ministry has advised Malaysians to postpone travel to countries with influenza A (H1N1) cases.

Ismail said those who returning from overseas particularly countries with H1N1 cases to go for a medical examination should they carry symptoms like fever, cough or signs of respiratory infection. — Bernama

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