Monday, June 08, 2009

AirAsia X D7-2723 passengers urged to contact health ministry

The health ministry has urged passengers on board of AirAsia X D7 2723 which arrived here from Melbourne, Australia, last Friday, to contact it immediately.

This follows the confirmation of Malaysia's seventh Influenza A (H1N1) case, involving an Australian student who arrived at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Sepang on board the flight yesterday.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican said all passengers in the flight, especially those seated three lines from seat 31A (from front, back, left and right) were urged to contact the ministry at 03-8881 0200 or 03-8881 0300 between 8am and 9pm.

"Until yesterday, no new case was reported. The total confirmed H1N1 cases in the country remain at seven.

"Five of the cases reported on June 4, 5 and 6 are still under treatment but in stable condition," he said in a statement here today.
Dr Mohd Ismail said so far, 153 people who had contact with H1N1 victims, were under home quarantine and in good health without any signs of infection.

He also urged Malaysian students abroad who were on summer holiday to postpone their trip home if they showed symptoms of H1N1.

He said over the past 24 hours, the ministry had received notifications of 20 cases of Malaysian students who returned to the country with symptoms of H1N1, admitted to four hospitals for investigation.

"From the 20 cases, 16 were tested negative and four were awaiting results," he said.

As at 8am today, he said the World Health Organisation (WHO) had informed that there were 30 new cases, bringing the total number of cases to 22,122 in 69 countries.

The new cases were reported in Australia (14 cases), Mainland China and Hong Kong (six), Korea (five), Vietnam (four) and Malaysia (one).

Source : NST
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