The wait is over!
PUTRAJAYA: The influenza A(H1N1) virus has landed in Malaysia.
The first case of the flu with pandemic potential was confirmed when a young student who returned from the United States on Wednesday developed a fever and was hospitalised.
Test results yesterday confirmed that the student had the virus.
The 21-year-old student, who flew on Malaysia Airlines flight MH091 from Newark, New Jersey, to the KL International Airport (KLIA) via Stockholm in Sweden, has been placed in an isolation ward at the Sungai Buloh Hospital since Thursday evening and is being treated with anti-viral medication.
GEORGE TOWN: Three passengers on the same flight from United States as the student who contracted influenza A(H1N1) have been placed under observation at the Penang Hospital.
The three – two women and a man in their 20s – went to the hospital on their own accord yesterday.
However, State Health, Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said there was no reason to panic as the observation was just standard procedure.
PUTRAJAYA: A second Malaysian has been confirmed with the Influenza A (H1N1) virus at the Penang Hospital, said Health Ministry deputy director-general Datuk Dr Ramlee Rahmat.
Dr Ramlee said the patient, a female student in the United States, was admitted after she sought treatment for fever at the Penang Hospital on Friday evening and it was found that she had been travelling on the same flight as the first patient.
As in the first case, she too only developed a fever after returning home and the results of medical test by the Medical Research Institute yesterday morning confirmed she had the influenza, he said.