H1N1 victim’s relative tests positive, six others show symptoms of virus

PETALING JAYA: A family member of the pregnant woman who died of Influenza A (H1N1) in Terengganu on April 13 has tested positive for the virus, said Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The Health director-general said six other relatives have also shown symptoms, including fever, flu and cough.

“Two of them are being treated in hospital and are in stable condition, while the other five were treated as outpatients.

“An investigation at the (deceased) woman’s workplace has also been carried out, and so far, none of her colleagues have shown symptoms of the illness,” he said in a statement on Monday night.

Terengganu Health Department director Dr Mohammad Omar had, last Thursday, confirmed that a pregnant woman has died of H1N1, as circulated on social media recently, but denied that the outbreak was worsening in the state.

Noor Hisham urged those with similar influenza-like illnesses to avoid visiting public places, and said high-risk individuals such as children, senior citizens and pregnant women, should get treatment from clinics.

“High-risk individuals are also advised to get the seasonal influenza vaccine, that also covers H1N1, which is now available in the market,” he said.

Noor Hisham also explained that the World Health Organisation (WHO) no longer specifically monitors H1N1, meaning that there is no need for countries to report the presence of the virus in their country to the WHO.

“This is because the way the virus transmits, its symptoms and complications, and risk of being infected are similar to other seasonal influenzas, that is through infected cough or sneeze droplets,” he said.