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Floods: No sign Of E.coli Outbreak, Says Health Ministry

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KUALA LUMPUR – Health Department director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said there’s no sign of an E.coli outbreak in any states affected by floods so far, after news broke that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had been infected by the bacteria earlier today.

“We have not received any reports of an outbreak,” he told the New Straits Times when contacted.

However, he said, the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) has taken several steps to reduce the spread of infectious diseases.

These included typhoid vaccinations for all staff handling food at flood relief shelters, installing water filters at health clinics, deploying mobile toilets, supplying shelters with hand sanitisers and disinfecting over 1,000 wells in Kelantan and Terengganu.

In a message posted via its Twitter account, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) announced today that Najib had contracted E.coli after visiting flood-affected states last month.

The prime minister has been ordered by doctors to rest at home and is expected to resume his duties as soon as possible, the PMO said.

Meanwhile, on his official account, Najib tweeted: “I will continue monitoring flood relief operations from home.”

E.coli are a large and diverse group of bacteria. While most strains are harmless, some can result in diarrhoea, vomiting, fever, dehydration, and, in extreme cases, death.

Rajbans Singh, president of the Malaysian Wellness Society, told AFP that Najib could have been infected after consuming contaminated food or drinks. – NST

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