Friday, August 14, 2009

A(H1N1) Seven more deaths today; Death toll rises to 51

KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 13, 2009): Seven more deaths relating to Influenza A(H1N1) were confirmed today, bringing the death toll to 51.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the deaths were from the high-risk group who had high blood pressure, heart disease, low immunity or congenital disease. They were aged between four months and 92 years old.

"Currently, there are 51 cases in the wards, 29 in Intensive Care Units (ICU) and 16 out of the 29 in ICUs are from the high risk group," he said.

He called on the people not to panic because 98% of those who contracted the disease had recovered.

Liow said the current situation, though serious because of the increase in fatalities, did not warrant the government declaring a health emergency.

He said the ministry had asked the school authorities to closely monitor the students and send the sick ones home to rest.

He said parents must also cooperate by ensuring that their children did not go to school and were immediate treated by a doctor if they showed signs of H1N1.

More people wearing masks in public

More people can be seen wearing nose and mouth masks in public places here as the government continues its campaign against Influenza A (H1N1) which has already claimed 51 lives.

The Health Ministry had advised the people to clean their hands after coughing and to stay away from those with influenza like illnesses (ILI).

The public, particularly parents, were advised not to take children to crowded places.