April 4, 2010
By FARIK ZOLKEPLI
JOHOR BARU: A total of 40 patients in Johor have been confirmed positive for A (H1N1) virus this year.
State Health department director Dr Mohd Khairi Yaakub said that all the cases, which were recorded in the first three months this year, were transmitted locally and no deaths were reported.
“All the infected patients have been quarantined.
“These patients are being treated at the respective hospitals in the state,” he said adding that, the state recorded a total of 704 positive cases were recorded last year.
Dr Mohd Khairi, who was speaking to newsmen after attending the launch of the Malaysia Clinic in Taman Megah Ria here, said the department was continually conducting checks at various checkpoints in the state to prevent the virus from spreading.
He also reminded the people to take precautionary measures such as going for medical check-up when experiencing coughing or flu and wearing masks.
“The people must not be complacent by thinking that the virus is not around anymore.
“They must always be on their guard to prevent infection or spread of the virus,” he said.
Meanwhile, he also announced that the state had already recorded 691 dengue cases this year, resulting in three deaths.
“Two of the patients died in Segamat while another in Kota Tinggi.
“It is a serious matter and thus, the people must play their part in curbing the spread of dengue,” he said.
He added that the people must ensure the cleanliness of their homes or premises to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes.