Updated 7:30pm, 10 Aug 2009
KUALA LUMPUR, 10 Aug 2009: Six more deaths from Influenza A(H1N1) were confirmed today, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 32.
Director-general of Health Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican said in a statement today that 203 new cases were reported, all of them locally transmitted involving Malaysians.
The accumulated number of H1N1 cases in Malaysia is 1,983.
“[Of the six deaths today], two of the victims actually died on 5 Aug and three on 8 Aug. Four of the six were high-risk cases as they had chronic diseases or due to other factors like old age,” said Ismail.
Those in the high-risk category are children aged five years and below, senior citizens aged 65 and above, pregnant women, children and teenagers taking aspirin on a long-term basis, and those with asthma, chronic lung ailment, diabetes, obesity, nerve disorder, liver and cardiovascualr diseases, and low immunity.
Ismail said this group would be given anti-viral treatment without waiting for the laboratory test results, and the treatment would be effective if received within 24 hours after the symptoms began.
Meanwhile, PAS has proposed that the government take more serious measures to check the spread of Influenza A(H1N1).
Vice president Datuk Mahfuz Omar said the sharp rise in deaths this week compared with two weeks ago was due to local transmissions, not imported cases.
“Government measures have not been effective in checking the spread of the virus, which has become a threat to national security,” he said here today.
Mahfuz proposed that a national security committee be formed to implement more serious preventive measures.
He said a special Parliament session should also be called to discuss a “white paper” on the issue.
Tourists should be strictly examined, and those returning from abroad should be identified to stop the virus from spreading, Mahfuz added.
Presently, 67 people are being treated in hospitals and 15 more in intensive care units. Worldwide, the H1N1 virus has so far killed 1,688 people out of 208,155 reported cases in 174 countries.
More information on H1N1 can be obtained from the hotline numbers 03-88810200 and 03-88810300 between 8am and 5:30pm, or by visiting the Health Ministry’s website at moh.gov.my. — Bernama