Selangor still has highest number of influenza cases among schoolchildren


SELANGOR still has the highest number of schoolchildren infected with influenza, with 863 cases of Influenza A and H1N1 recorded to date.

Selangor State Education Director Dr Mahanom Mat Sam said the cases were recorded in 278 schools involving 10 locations.

She said the district with the highest number of cases was Petaling Perdana with 231 cases, followed by Klang (154), Petaling Utama (113) and Sepang (102).

“Gombak recorded 88 cases, followed by Hulu Langat (85), Kuala Langat (27), Hulu Selangor (20), Sabak Bernam (nine) and Kuala Selangor (eight).

“All the victims have received treatment at nearby clinics and hospitals and reported to be stable. Those who were admitted and monitored at the hospital have also been allowed to return home and were given three to seven days of medical leave,” he said in a statement in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

However, no classes or schools in Selangor were ordered to close.

In Penang, State Education director Abdul Rashid Abdul Samad said 226 pupils in 110 primary and secondary schools had been infected to date, compared to 198 cases from 96 schools recorded last Friday.

“A total of 181 students from 87 primary schools and 45 students from 23 secondary schools in the state have been infected with influenza to date, seven of them receiving hospital treatment while the others are in quarantine at their homes,” he said.

Apart from the students, he said seven female teachers from four primary schools and three secondary schools were also infected, with four of them receiving hospital treatment.

Meanwhile, Abdul Rashid said a Year Two class at SJK(C) Kai Chee in Sungai Dua, Butterworth, was closed from yesterday until Jan 26, after four students were infected.

“In addition, the preschool class at SK Pinang Tunggal, Kepala Batas, was also closed from Jan 17 to Jan 23, while two Year 2 classes at the SJK(C) Li Hwa which was closed since Jan 8 were reopened yesterday,” he told Bernama.