Malaysia yet to gather flu data

World | 20 Jan 2020 6:34 pm

Malaysian health authorities say they are on high alert following the Wuhan novel coronavirus outbreak.

Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said thermal scanners are used to screen travellers, The Star online reports. "Our preparedness and response team at all international entry points and health facilities particularly the KLIA (KL International Airport) health office are on high alert following the Wuhan novel coronavirus outbreak. The thermal scanners and the Health Quarantine Centre at KLIA terminal are prepared and on high surveillance," he said in a statement.

Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said the ministry is collecting data on previously "non-notifiable" influenza cases. "Influenza was not one of the notifiable diseases. "However, (in the wake of the outbreak in China, ) we need a little bit more time to collate all the data.

"We will collect all the information and data from the Health Ministry, Education Ministry, Sabah, and Sarawak (state governments).''


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