Impossible for Malaysia to contain Swine Flu

From: "Ir. Hj. Othman bin Hj. Ahmad"
Date: Sun, 17 May 2009 10:27:00 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Impossible for Malaysia to contain Swine Flu

With the limited success in quarantining all passengers or people in
contact with swine flu confirmed cases, coupled with the delay in
testing and confirming these swine flu cases, it is too late to
contain this swine flu.

Please note that many swine flu cannot be detected with these tests
and many now appear like normal flu except that they are not resistant
to Tamilflu unlike the normal flu in US. Malaysian normal flu may

Many journalists and even senior university lecturer are spreading
false information that this swine flu is just like normal flu. It is
more than 4 times more dangerous than normal flu and kills even
apparently healthy individuals in half of the cases.

I fear that this ignorance will spread to our doctors who will dismiss
this as a normal flu as what had happened to the first confirmed case.
It was only after the 2nd confirmed Swine flu case was the quarantine
for the rest of the passengers and crew were initiated. It is too late
for that.

China is the only nation that is serious in quarantine procedures but
even that may not be enough.

The deaths may be only 68, but this is only after 1 month. The deaths
of 36,000 in USA for normal flu is for the whole year.

These flu may not cause death directly. Flu normally does not kill. It
is the secondary infection that will kill in most cases.

Malaysian air crew quarantined over swine flu
AirAsia crew members, 101 passengers on flight to be put under
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Budget airline AirAsia said Sunday it has
quarantined five crew members from a domestic flight that carried
Malaysia's second confirmed swine flu victim.

The crew of flight AK5358, which flew from Kuala Lumpur to the
northern city of Penang on Wednesday, was taken off duty Saturday,
AirAsia spokesman Hamdan Mohamad said.

He said this was done on the orders of the Health Ministry as a
precautionary measure.
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The flight was taken by Malaysia's second confirmed swine flu case, a
21-year-old female student who had arrived in Kuala Lumpur on a
Malaysian Airlines flight earlier Wednesday from Newark in the United
States. She was hospitalized after reaching Penang.

Malaysia's first confirmed victim is a 21-year-old friend of the
woman, who also was on the Malaysian Airlines flight. He has been
hospitalized in Kuala Lumpur.

The Star quoted Health Ministry Deputy Director-General Ramlee Rahmat
as saying that both were in stable condition.

He said all 101 passengers on the AirAsia flight would be put under
home quarantine.

Of the 119 passengers on the Malaysian Airlines flight, 95 have been
located and put under home quarantine along with 15 crew members,
Ramlee was quoted as saying. The 95 ― 80 Malaysians and 15 foreigners
― all are healthy, he said. The ministry is still trying to locate one
remaining Malaysian and 23 foreigners, he said.

The World Health Organization has confirmed at least 8,480 human cases
of swine flu in nearly 40 countries, mostly in the U.S. and Mexico,
including 72 deaths.

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