Monday, February 13, 2012

ROTAVIRUS OUTBREAK: ANOTHER 298 CASES REPORTED IN PERAK, MALAYSIA



More cases of people suffering from acute gastroenteritis were reported in Perak today due to the Rotavirus outbreak.

The number of victims rose from 2,246 to 2,544 victims as of 6pm.

111 victims in Hilir Perak were detected being infected with rotavirus today, and 40 new cases were also reported in Batang Padang in Tapah.

Among them, an 11 month old baby who was rushed to the Tapah Hospital around 5 pm.

Perak Exco member, Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon however said, the rotavirus outbreak is under control.

"We should be concerned with prevention and treatment of the disease. Once again, I would like to stress to the public to ensure that the water they drink is boiled," said Datuk Dr. Mah.

To a question, he said the virus and its source would be indentified in the next 48 hours.

Rotavirus, a water-borne virus, is the most common cause of severe diarrhoea among infants and young children. 

The outbreak since late last month has caused two deaths and over 2,200 children to fall sick.
Source: NTV7

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