• First to die from H1N1 this year

    Stumbled upon this news in MSN Malaysia

    A woman, who was believed to have contracted A(H1N1) died on Sunday (02.28.2010) at the Universiti Sains Malaysia Hospital (HUSM).

    According to a Malaysian newspaper The Star, this is the first of such fatality this year.

    The woman was admitted to the hospital on Feb 15 after having fever and cough for eight days, said the Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai today.

    She was first treated at a private clinic and later referred to the hospital on the same day.

    Liow said in a statement, that the woman was confirmed to be infected with Influenza A(H1N1) on Feb 16 and admitted to the intensive care unit after suffering from lung complications the following day.

    The woman died two weeks later and the cause of her death was recorded as septicaemic shock with acute respiratory distress syndrome secondary to the H1N1 infection.

    Liow told The Star that although the infection in this case was secondary but it showed that although the spread of the disease was low, if not treated early it could cause death.

    Liow also said that “although not many H1N1 death occurs now, the Health Ministry wants to stress that the disease is still active in Malaysia and hopes that society will continue to adopt preventive measures to contain the disease.”

    Prior to this case, the H1N1 death toll in Malaysia was 77 as of September last year.

    I guess this is what they call “the second wave”…?

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