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38 suspected meningitis cases still warded

PUTRAJAYA, 12 May 2009: Thirty-eight people are still under treatment for suspected meningitis at the Malacca Hospital following an outbreak of the disease among trainees of the Road Transport Department (JPJ) Academy in Malacca on 9 May.

Director-General of Health Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican said in a statement today that two of the cases were under treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the rest at the Isolation Ward.

“Those in the Isolation Ward comprise 32 trainees, an instructor, two trainee radiographers and a woman who had come into contact with a trainee,” he said.

He also said that a medical team was still stationed round-the-clock at the academy to supervise the 85 trainees.

“Preventive and control measures will be undertaken continuously until complete recovery of all the cases,” he added.

Meningitis is a viral or bacterial infection of the fluid that surrounds the spinal cord and brain. Symptoms include fever, headache and joint aches. — Bernama

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