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Tight Screening Needed To Check Spread Of H1N1, Says Najib

By Friday May 15th, 2009 No Comments

SHAH ALAM, May 16 (Bernama) — Malaysia needs to impose very tight screening on passengers arriving at airports especially on those coming from the United States and several other countries affected by the influenza A (H1N1) pandemic, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said today.

“The problem with an open economy like ours is that it makes this more difficult as they could be coming from anywhere and not necessarily where they initially started their journey,” he told reporters here when asked to comment on the two confirmed cases of the disease which surfaced in the country.

He had earlier chaired Selangor Umno liasion committee’s first meeting since taking over as chairman from Tan Sri Muhammad Muhamad Taib after Umno’s polls in March.

Deputy Director-General of Health Datuk Dr Ramlee Rahmat at a press conference in Putrajaya earlier today had confirmed that a second case was detected at the Penang Hospital yesterday and it involved a student who returned from the United States on May 13.

The student, a friend of another student first detected with the disease, who has been quarantined at the Sungai Buloh Hospital near here, was on the same flight (MH091) from Newark, New Jersey that arrived at the KLIA the same day.

Najib said Malaysia needed to respond quickly to be on top of the problem to ensure the disease did not spread in the country.

“All those on the same flight must also report to the health authorities immediately even if they are not showing any symptoms to be given the all clear,” he said.

Asked if a foreign travel ban would be imposed on Malaysians, he said:”No…none as yet.”

Source : Bernama

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