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14 April 2010

Aku dan wabak H1N1

Public urged to take precautions as H1N1 claims another victim

PUTRAJAYA: A 42-year-old lawyer died of Influenza A(H1N1) on Monday, barely two weeks after two women died from complications from influenza-like illness.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican said the man died at a private hospital in Johor Baru where he was admitted on April 4, after showing symptoms for nine days.

Laboratory test showed that the victim, who was in the high-risk category, was infected with A(H1N1) and suffered from several complications such as acute kidney failure and sepsis.

“He was treated at the Intensive Care Unit but his condition took a turn for the worse and he died on April 12. The cause of death was H1N1 pneumonia with acute respiratory distress syndrome,” Dr Ismail told a press conference yesterday.

Dr Ismail said the two earlier deaths reported were not “part of the statistics as their deaths were not directly related to H1N1”.

Early this month, it was reported that a 29-year-old pregnant woman and her elderly mother from Malacca had died of Influenza A(H1N1).

According to the Health Ministry, 678 cases of influenza-like illness were treated at hospitals nation­wide as of Monday, with 66 people confirmed to have been infected with A(H1N1). Five were warded in the ICU.

Dr Ismail stressed that the country was not experiencing a second wave of A(H1N1), adding that if that was to happen, it would be different with a more virulent virus.

“Even though we are not facing a second wave, the ministry has already prepared for it since the A(H1N1) pandemic broke last year.

“The public, however, can reduce the possibility of getting infected by taking the necessary precautions, including taking care of their health and personal hygiene,” he said.

Meanwhile, family members of the lawyer tried their best to save him and, as a last resort, transferred him to a hospital in Singapore.

A close family member, who declined to be named, said the victim, Harith Fansuri Abdul Rahman, 42, was first admitted to a private medical centre in Johor Baru but transferred to the island republic when his health deteriorated.

She said Harith initially only showed flu-like symptoms but later complained that he could not stand the pain and wanted to be admitted to a hospital.

“He was coughing blood when he was admitted to the hospital,” she said, adding that the doctor had initially told the family there was nothing to worry about.

“He died at the hospital in Singapore even before they had a chance to treat him,” she said after attending Harith’s funeral at the Kebun Teh Muslim cemetery yesterday evening.

Berita pagi ini menyebut tentang kematian terbaru akibat penyakit Demam H1N1 di Johor Bahru semalam. Namun begitu keadaan di klinik masih terkawal walaupun klinik aku berada tak jauh daripada sempadan Johor Bahru. Tiada pertambahan bilangan pesakit secara mendadak dan bilangan pesakit yang demam, batuk dan selsema masih ditahap normal. Orang ramai nampaknya tak panik dan buat tak kisah aje walaupun ada juga yang call klinik bertanyakan tentang vaksin H1N1. Aku pun dah tak hirau sangat pasal H1N1 ni dan aku dah lama tak tanya supplier dan distributor ubat aku tentang vaksin tu sebab setiap kali tanya, memang takda punya. Kerajaan dah sapu habis semuanya dan mereka tak tahu bila ada stok.

Semalam petang hujan yang sangat lebat melanda daerah aku. Banyak jalan2 yang dinaiki air dan tidak boleh dilalui. Kuantiti air hujan yang turun sangat tinggi sehingga tidak dapat ditampung oleh longkang2 dan saliran yang sedia ada. Pagi ini ada beberapa orang yang datang ke klinik sebab demam selepas kena hujan semalam. Ada juga yang tak dapat pergi kerja kerana keretanya dah ditenggelami air. Setakat ini aku belum suspek pesakit2 yang terkena jangkitan H1N1. Dan aku harap aku tak akan menjumpainya.

Setakat yang aku tahu, kalau di Johor banyak kes2 H1N1 dilaporkan di kawasan Batu Pahat terutamanya Yong Peng. Jadi mana2 patient aku yang demam berlebihan, aku mesti tanya adakah mereka baru balik daripada kawasan2 terbabit. Dan nampaknya, pesakit2 aku takda yang datang daripada sana.

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