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47 new cases of Influenza A(H1N1) detected

PUTRAJAYA, 3 July 2009: Forty-seven new cases of Influenza A(H1N1), comprising 41 imported and six locally transmitted cases, were detected as of 8am today.

Director-General of Health Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican said the new cases brought the total number in the country to 291, with 44 of them locally transmitted.

“No deaths have been reported, while 175 patients have fully recovered and have been discharged from the hospitals. Another 116 are still being treated and are in stable condition without any complication,” he told reporters here today.

“Of the 47 new cases, 28 of them are Malaysians, and the rest are foreign nationals from Indonesia (9), Australia (5), the Philippines (2), and one each from Botswana, Iraq and the United States.”

He said of the six local cases, three were students of Sekolah Menengah Tsun Jin, Kuala Lumpur, which has been closed since Sunday and would reopen tomorrow, and one case who had contact with the 143rd (imported) case.

The fifth case had contact with imported case No. 147, schooling at Sekolah Kebangsaan Setapak Indah, Kuala Lumpur (6A class); and the other had contact with the 170th case, studying at the Sri Cempaka International School, Cheras (Aqua 8 class).

Ismail said the two schools were told to close the affected classes until next Thursday, and the students would be ordered to be quarantined by the district health office.

On the global situation, he said the World Health Organisation had informed that as of 8am today, the accumulated cases had reached 81,029, with 340 deaths in 121 countries, an increase of 8,057 cases with 29 deaths.

Five newly affected countries are New Caledonia (six cases), Kenya (12), Mauritius (1), Myanmar (1) and Saint Lucia (1), while the five countries that have recorded a high increase in cases are Chile (2,190 cases), the United Kingdom (2,108), Mexico (749), Thailand (640) and Brazil (228).

There was one reported death in Brunei, although the country has recorded only 93 cases so far. — Bernama

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