Influenza has nothing to do with novel coronavirus

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Director General of Health, Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah. FILE PIX: SAFWAN MANSOR, 21 FEBRUARY 2017

KUALA LUMPUR – The influenza outbreak in Malaysia has nothing to do with the novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China and the influenza situation is under control.

Director-General of Health, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said, the Ministry of Health (MOH) will continue to monitor the situation of the pneumonia and updates from the World Health Organisation.

MOH will ensure that continuous proper prevention and control measures is implemented despite there is no report on novel coronavirus cases in the country.

On 31 December, the authorities in China reported a cluster of mysterious pneumonia in Wuhan, China.

Then, on 12 January 2020, the WHO confirmed that the outbreak in Wuhan was caused by the new coronavirus, (novel coronavirus).

Novel coronavirus, is a new virus which had never been recorded to infect human. They are still investigating on how humans are being contacted by the virus.

As of today, a total of 41 novel coronavirus positive pneumonia cases have been reported in Wuhan. One death is reported, seven of the cases are in critical stages while the rest of the patients are in stable condition.

On 13 January, Thailand reported its first imported case of novel coronavirus from a woman from Wuhan. The patient is reportedly stable.

According to Dr Noor Hisham, although the country has yet to record any cases, preventive measures are in place to face the potential of the outbreak.

He said, the MOH staff including those positioned at the international entry points of are aware of the cluster case and its preventive and control measures. -MalaysiaGazette

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