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One leptospirosis patient in critical condition

KUALA LUMPUR, 19 May 2009: One of the nine patients who are being treated for leptospirosis at two hospitals in Seberang Prai, Penang is reported to be in critical condition.

Director-General of Health Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican said the patient was now being treated at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Seberang Jaya Hospital.

“Seven patients who are being treated at the Isolation Ward, and another in the ICU ward at the Bukit Mertajam Hospital, are in stable condition,” he said in a statement today.

Ismail said only 19 patients who were suffering from leptospirosis were treated at the Bukit Mertajam and Seberang Jaya Hospitals, with 10 of them being discharged yesterday.

No new cases were recorded up to 8am today.

Meanwhile, on the case of Meningitis at the Road Transport Department Academy in Malacca, Ismail said no new cases were admitted to hospital.

As of 8am today, three patients were still being treated at the isolation ward of the Melaka Hospital compared with seven yesterday.

However, the three patients were expected to be discharged today, he said.

As for the Influenza B, Ismail said no new cases involving recruits at the Police Training Centre (Pulapol) Jempol in Negeri Sembilan were recorded as at 8am today.

To date, only four patients were receiving treatment — three at the Jempol Hospital and the other at the Hospital Tuanku Jaafar, Seremban.

“They are reported to be in stable condition,” he added. — Bernama

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