Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Malaysia H1N1 Update: Fatalities 64

A (H1N1): 2 more die, health curfew if mortality rate reaches 0.4pc
Monday August 17, 2009

The Government may declare a national curfew to slow down the spread of Influenza A(H1N1) if the patients’ mortality rate exceed 0.4% based on confirmed cases.

He said the current rate was between 0.1% and 0.4% of 4,225 confirmed cases, adding that the Government was treating the situation as a health emergency due to persistent community transmissions.
The flu took two more lives, a seven-month-old boy and a 74-year-old woman, taking the country’s death toll to 64 on Monday....

Click link to read report on The Star.

Face masks now a price-controlled item
Tuesday August 18, 2009
The Government will control the retail price of surgical masks sold at exorbitant rates while the Health Ministry vows stricter enforcement against people who fail to wear masks if they have flu-like illnesses.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the Government would make the single-pry surgical mask as a price-controlled item indefinitely during the current Influenza A(H1N1) pandemic.
[Why only single-ply? Weren't we advised to use the 3-ply mask?]

He said the item only costs 30 sen each but some people were selling it for RM5 per piece because of the pandemic.

“Selling surgical masks at exorbitant prices during a pandemic is like mencekik darah (squeezing blood from customers),” he said....

Click link to read report on The Star.

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