Students showed no symptoms of H1N1, says Zambry
There are no H1N1 symptoms among the 273 students who were quarantined because of influenza-like illnesses, said Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir.
In allaying fears, Zambry said the students showed symptoms of seasonal flu, known as Influenza A (H3).
“Parents need not worry,” Zambry said in Kampung Gajah, here, yesterday.
State Health Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said as of yesterday, 273 students from four schools in Perak were quarantined at their school hostels and homes after complaining of fever, body ache, flu, cough and joint pain between Saturday and Thursday.
“The outbreak was detected at SM Raja Perempuan Taayah on Saturday.
“On Wednesday, the school called the parents to take the students home as the doctors who attended to these students at the clinic had told teachers the students were having fever,” he added.
Dr Mah said Influenza A (H3) was detected only when a parent took his children to a private hospital in Taiping to undergo tests.
“The doctor had taken a sample (throat swab specimen) and found that the student tested positive for Influenza A (H3).
“The students, who had earlier been asked to return home, were now told to remain in the hostels (to curb contagion).
“The school administration had also informed the parents of the matter.
“Students were not allowed to leave the school compound.”
Dr Mah said the state Health Department medical officers were instructed to take samples from the students.