KUALA TERENGGANU: A pregnant woman here has died of H1N1 (the Influenza A virus), the Terengganu Health Department said today, confirming a viral social media report on the incident.
Its director, Dr Mohammad Omar, however, denied that the H1N1 outbreak in the state is worsening.
"The woman was admitted to hospital on April 7 after suffering from fever for a week. She went to a private hospital, before being referred to a government hospital here, and was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU).
“There was improvement at first, but she died on April 13,” Mohammad said, adding that groups most at risk of contracting the disease are pregnant women, children, the elderly, and those with chronic diseases.
Mohammad, who was speaking at a press conference here last night, urged the public not to panic, as the disease has been categorised as “seasonal influenza”, which has been around since 2013, and cases no longer need to be reported to the Health Ministry.
"The disease has been categorised as the common cold, and perhaps, there have been those who were infected by H1N1, but (suffered no complications).
“Prior to 2013, only 27 cases (were ever recorded) in the country. Now, on average, we record 10 cases of suspected H1N1 every month. The majority of patients recover after being referred to specialists.
"My advice to the public is that if they show any symptoms of H1N1, they should not mix with others, not go out, and use sanitisers and wear face masks. If their cough worsens, go directly to hospital," he said. -- BERNAMA