Penang infant may have consumed imitation milk powder

BUKIT MERTAJAM: A mother has claimed that her five-month-old infant daughter may have consumed imitation milk powder similar to the cases reported in Johor.

The mother, who declined to be named, had uploaded a social media entry on Tuesday night where she claimed that her daughter, who is suffering high fever of up to 39.4 Celsius, might be another victim of the emergence of imitation milk powder in the market.

She also said her daughter has been admitted to a private hospital.

And the doctor had initially diagnosed that her daughter might be suffering from colitis bleeding.

"Fortunately, further inspection showed that there were no problems with her large intestines so my daughter did not need to go for surgery," she posted.

The mother said the doctor had asked whether her daughter had consumed imitation milk powder, as the doctor claimed imitation milk powder might have caused the bleeding during bowel movement.

She said that her daughter has since recovered after taking antibiotics.

The mother said she had tried to contact the milk powder company several times, but did not receive a response from the number.

"I will raise the issue with the state Health Department," she stressed.

Penang Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, Rural Development and Health Exco chairman Dr Afif Bahardin said the public health authorities have yet to receive any complaints about the matter.