by Zainul Azrin
ASEAN has confirmed its 3rd death from the pandemic H1N1 influenza A victim in The phillipines , Thailand and Singapore respectively. Latest case involving a 51 year old singaporean who died after suffering from breathing difficulties and coughing two days ago. He was admitted to the hospital yesterday but was already in critical condition. In London , a 32 year old women died after giving birth when she suffered from breathing difficulty and fever. It was said she could have died from the deadly virus.
First outbreak on the H1N1 virus which was know as swine flu at that period of time was back in may 2, 2009 when it was transmitted through animals such as pigs in Mexico and Canada. It was said to be a laboratory accident but was denied immediately by the mexican government. Malaysias first confirmed victim with H1N1 virus was in 13 May 2009 when a 21 year old student arrived from Newark International airport( New York ) had suffered all the symptoms and was taken to the Sungai Buloh Hospital and had to quarantine all the passengers on board MH 919 . Malaysia have received about 100 H1N1 cases but with no death cases .
Ministry of Health will tighten the security at the borders where they will place more thermal cameras and health ministry officials at checkpoints. Passengers who arrived at the KLIA and LCCT international airport will have to fill up health declaration form before entering the country. Schools that were closed such as the Sri cempaka international , Cheras were reopen but will have to abandon a classroom that was infected by the virus for the time being. World Health Organization ( WHO ) said they will come out the H1N1 vaccine by mid october and will continue their investigation on the desease. Those who have been contact with h1n1 will be adivsed to be quarantined at home .
Ministry has called upon those with the symptoms such as fever , lethargy , sneezing , coughing to get immediate treatment at the nearest hospital. All the private and government hospitals have been provided with the vaccine as it could not accommodates the patients at the sg buloh hospital alone . They have been advised to wear a mask at a public area and to avoid contacts.
DID YOU KNOW ?
Did u know the H1N1 flu killed 150 million people worldwide in 1918 mostly in spain when it was first transmitted by a pig and could only come out with a vaccine 3 years later.