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465 Students In 6 Schools In Perak Infectes With ILI

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IPOH – Another 27 students were diagnosed with influenza like illness (ILI), bringing the total to 465 students infected with the virus in Perak from 438 students yesterday.

Perak Health Department, in a statement, said the latest cases reported involved 25 students at Sekolah Izzuddin Shah, here while the other two students
are at Sekolah Menengah Raja Perempuan Taayah here and Sekolah Menengah Abdul Rahman Talib (SMART) in Teluk Intan.

At present 226 students at Sekolah Menengah Raja Perempuan Taayah are found to have ILI; 115 students at Sekolah Tuanku Abdul Rahman (STAR); three students at Sekolah Kebangsaan Klebang Jaya, 83 students from SMART and 13 students at Slim River Vocational College.

Out of the total, 14 newly ILI diagnosed students were isolated at their respective schools, bringing the total to 287 while no more students were being isolated at the wards with the remaining ones at home.

Four samples were found positive for Influenza A (H3) and nine samples positive for Influenza B, said the statement.

Meanwhile in TELUK INTAN, State Health, Public Transport, Non Muslim Affairs and National Integration Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon confirmed no students in Perak were found to have H1N1 infection.

In PUTRAJAYA, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the public need not panic following ILI cluster cases reported in Perak as there was no abnormal trend relating to the ILI detected in the country.

On the ILI cluster cases in five schools in Perak, he said the cases were being closely monitored by the Health Ministry and State Health Department with laboratory tests carried out to determine cause of the clusters.

The ILI cluster cases comprised Sekolah Kebangsaan Klebang Jaya; STAR; Sekolah Menengah Raja Perempuan Taayah; Kolej Vokasional Slim River and SMART, he said in a statement here.

He said the ministry was implementing preventive measures and regulations to curb the spread, including isolating ILI infected students while those at high risk were encouraged to take seasonal influenza vaccine at any private health facilities.

“ILI is a highly contagious infection with symptoms such as colds or flu, sore throat, cough, headaches, muscle pain, joint pain and fatigue,” he said adding that it spread easily in places with high concentrations like schools, dormitories, closed workplaces, military and police camps. – BERNAMA

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