Stu­dents showed no symp­toms of H1N1, says Zam­bry

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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.

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