Another Perak school hit by ‘flu-like illness’

By John Bunyan
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IPOH, March 14 — Sekolah Izzudin Shah is the latest school in Perak to be affected by the influenza-like illness (ILI) outbreak.

Twenty-five cases were reported in the school yesterday, bringing the total number of cases to 465.

They include two new cases each in SM Raja Perempuan Taayah and SM Abdul Rahman Talib.

Perak health committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said 14 additional students from four schools had been quarantined.

The schools are Sekolah Izzudin Shah (10 students quarantined), Slim River Vocational College (two), SM Abdul Rahman Talib (one) and SM Raja Perempuan Taayah (one).

“At the moment, 287 students have been quarantined while 31 students have been allowed to leave the isolation rooms,” he said.

Dr Mah said three students who had been hospitalised — two at Hospital Slim River and one at Penang KPJ Hospital — were discharged on Sunday.  

The influenza-like illness was first detected at SM Raja Perempuan Taayah, and two days later at Sekolah Tunku Abdul Rahman.

Cases were subsequently reported at SM Abdul Rahman Talib, SK Klebang Jaya, Slim River Vocational College and Sekolah Izzudin Shah.

Dr Mah said four samples collected from victims tested  positive for Influenza A (H3) and nine samples tested positive for Influenza B.

He urged those with symptoms such as fever, cough and sore throat to seek treatment at nearby clinics or hospitals.

“Those who need to work should wear masks to avoid spreading the illness. Wash your hands regularly and avoid sharing personal items,” he said.