Thursday, June 4

Two new H1N1 cases in 24 hours

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SIBU:  Two new admissions to hospitals for suspected Influenza A (H1N1) were recorded in the state within 24 hours, from 12pm on Jan 4 to 12pm on Jan 5.

Five Influenza A (H1N1) cases are being treated in hospital with the latest case reported on Dec 29 last year in Bintulu, according to statistics from the state Health Department.

A total of 725 cases were found positive from the overall 1,659 suspected cases of Influenza A (H1N1) in the state as reported to the department until Jan 4 this year.

For Influenza Like Illness (ILI), it said until Jan 4 a total of 208 clusters were reported in the state since the start of the Mitigation Phase.

On the Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD), it stated in 2009 until Jan 2, there were 9,547 cases reported in the state with Sibu recording the highest cases at 3,103 followed by Miri (1,805), Kuching (1451), Bintulu (944), Kapit (762), Sarikei (373), Sri Aman (340), Samarahan (325), Betong (199), Mukah (177) and Limbang (68).  The total cases reported included new cases recorded in Sibu with six cases, Bintulu (6), Sri Aman (4), Sarikei (3), Betong (2) and Kuching (1).

A laboratory results from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak showed three samples were positive for EV71-type virus with three from Sarikei division.

So far, according to the statistics, a total of nine pre-schools and daycare centres in the state were issued closure notice or have volunteered to close temporarily after two or more students were discovered infected.