Selangor reports cluster of flu-like illnesses at Gombak boarding school

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A cluster of influenza-like illness (ILI) was detected at a boarding school in Gombak district on Sunday, the Selangor health department said.

Its director, Dr Sha’ari Ngadiman, said the cluster was confirmed after the Gombak district health office was notified of the first case by a private health facility involving a student who tested positive for the disease. influenza A.

“The case first presented with symptoms of respiratory tract infections on June 17,” it said in a statement today.

He said investigations showed 226 students had symptoms of respiratory tract infections like fever, cough, flu and sore throat, six of whom were confirmed positive for influenza A, which which gives an infection rate of 32.7%.

He said so far only one influenza A positive student had been admitted to a private medical center for observation and was in stable condition, while the rest were receiving outpatient treatment.

Covid-19 tests carried out on 69 symptomatic students all came back negative, he added.

Sha’ari said SG is an acute respiratory infection characterized by high fever, cough, sore throat, headache and myalgia, which was caused by influenza A, influenza B, parainfluenza human and respiratory syncytial viruses.

“Infection is normally spread by respiratory droplets, which are easily transmitted in congested areas, poorly ventilated places and places with high risk of physical contact,” he said.

Dr Sha’ari said symptoms would normally persist for several days and those affected would recover with supportive treatment such as sufficient rest, medication and adequate hydration.

He said prevention and control measures have been taken by the district health office in collaboration with the school administration, including detection, isolation and early treatment at school.

“The state health department will continue to monitor the situation and trend of ILI in Selangor as well as work with relevant parties to ensure that appropriate control and prevention measures are taken,” he said. declared. – Bernama, June 21, 2022.

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