Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Search continues for 74 who boarded Flight AK5358 and MH091

The Health Ministry is still looking for 74 passengers who were on board AirAsia Flight AK5358 and MAS MH091 on May 13 who were travelling with two patients infected with the Influenza A ( H1N1) virus.

Health Ministry deputy director-general Datuk Dr Ramlee Rahmat said these passengers must join others on home quarantine and call 03 88810200/300 immediately.

Seven passengers who are yet to be located had been on the MAS flight from Newark, United States, while the other 67 were on the AirAsia flight from the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal in Sepang to Penang.

Those who showed any flu symptom have been urged to get themselves warded at the nearest hospital.

Dr Ramlee said that of the 111 suspected cases in Malaysia so far, only two have tested positive for the virus.

There has been no local transmission of the virus so far, he said, adding that if the nine current suspected cases did not develop symptoms, they could be declared A (H1N1) free tomorrow as the virus takes seven days to incubate.

Two students, who had been on the MAS Flight MH091, are the country’s first two cases of A (H1N1). The 21-year-olds are friends and were travelling in a group of four. Their two friends have tested negative for the virus.

WHO has not recommended any travel restrictions but advised those who were sick to delay their travel plans and get proper medical attention.

Meanwhile, the man who fainted in an AirAsia Kuala Lumpur-bound flight from Sandakan on Sunday was not suspected of suffering from the flu.

Dr Ramlee said the man had not visited any countries affected by the flu recently.

The airline had to make an emergency landing in Kuching to allow him to be warded at the Sarawak General Hospital as it was the usual practice, he said.

Other passengers admitted in hospitals in several states have all been tested negative for the virus.

In Malacca, two passengers were traced on Sunday.

State health director Dr Ghazali Othman confirmed that two male passengers were located by health officers through the passenger list supplied by the Health Ministry and put under a seven-day home quarantine.

“They did not show any A (H1N1) symptoms and were placed under home quarantine as a precautionary measure,” he said when contacted here yesterday.

One of them was on the MAS flight while the other on the Air Asia flight.

Source : STAR
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