Meningitis Outbreak In Malacca

 Meningitis Outbreak In Malacca

KUALA LUMPUR: The number of Road Transport Department academy trainees who are in the Malacca Hospital’s isolation ward for suspected meningitis has increased to 29.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the number as of Sunday evening was an increase from the 18 who were admitted in the ward.

“All of them are in stable condition and the situation is under control,” he told reporters on Monday here after an MS ISO 9001:2000 certificate presentation ceremony.

Two trainees are still in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

He added patients were undergoing a cycle of treatment, which takes a week.

Meanwhile in Butterworth, the trainee who contracted bacterial meningitis in Malacca was responding well to treatment at the Kepala Batas Hospital.

State Health Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said the trainee’s blood sample has also been sent to the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) for analysis.

“His family members and care givers have also been given medication as a precautionary measure as it has not been ascertained whether the cause of the infection is a mixture of both bacteria and virus,” he told reporters on Sunday after closing the three-day Penang Health Fair themed “Health for Life”.

It was reported that trainee Mohd Ashraff Sabrani, 23, who works at the State Road Transport Department, was admitted to the hospital and placed in the intensive care unit after he developed high fever last Sunday.

He was transferred to the isolation unit the following day after his condition improved.

source : http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/5/11/nation/20090511114848&sec=nation


May 11, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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