By: Ramjit


KUALA LUMPUR, May 15 (Bernama) — Following the confirmation of the first influenza A(H1N1) case in Malaysia, all passengers on Malaysia Airlines flight MH091 from Newark, United States which arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Wednesday (May 13), are advised to contact the Health Ministry.

Director-general of Health Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ismail Merican said they should call the ministry at 03-88810200 or 03-88810300 for follow-up action.

He said Malaysia’s first influenza A(H1N1) case involved a 21-year-old male student who returned from the United States two days ago and started having fever, sore throat and body aches yesterday, and was admitted to Sungai Buloh Hospital at 6.45pm the same day.

“He has been given anti-viral treatment and is in stable condition,” Dr Mohd Ismail said in a statement Friday.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, who was in transit in London enroute to Geneva to attend the World Health Organisation (WHO) General Assembly, had earlier confirmed to Bernama the case.

Dr Mohd Ismail said the ministry had taken preventive and control measures, including contact investigation into the case and informing the student’s family about his H1N1 infection and his contact history with the passengers and crew members on the same flight.