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Malaysia Confirms First Swine Flu Case-Health Official
2009-05-15 07:06:28.69 GMT

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP)--Malaysia confirmed Friday its first case of swine
flu,
the country's top health official said.
"I can confirm (that it) is the first case in Malaysia," Health
Ministry
Director-general Ismail Merican said.
Merican's confirmation followed a statement from the health ministry
giving
details of the country's first case.
"The patient is a 21-year-old male student who had just returned from
the
United States on May 13, 2009 and who was down with fever, sore throat
and
body
aches on May 14," it said.
"This is the first A(H1N1) flu case found in Malaysia," the statement
added.
It said the patient went into the Sungai Buloh quarantine facility in
central
Selangor state on the same evening and is now in a stable condition.
It urged all passengers who traveled on the Malaysian airlines flight
MH091
from Newark in the U.S. to Kuala Lumpur that landed at 7.15 a.m. (2315
GMT
Tuesday) on May 13 to contact the ministry for further instructions.
The ministry said it had so far received 11 flu-like cases for
investigation
with all the patients warded and isolated for monitoring.
"All these cases showed symptoms of flu and had a history of visiting
countries infected with the outbreak (but) all their clinical samples
had
been
sent to institute for medical research for lab tests and tested
negative,"
it
said.
On Tuesday, the government urged its citizens to defer travel to the
U.S.,
Mexico, Canada, Spain and the U.K. following reported cases of swine flu
in
those countries.
Health authorities have installed 20 thermal scanners at the country's
entry
points to help detect cases with 9,324 passengers screened so far.
The latest World Health Organization figures show the number of
laboratory-confirmed swine flu cases worldwide is 6,497 in 33 countries.
A
total of 65 people have died from the disease, most of them in Mexico,
WHO
figures show.

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