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  • Malaysia - Deaths of Orang Asli in Kuala Koh caused by respiratory-related disease, settlement cordoned off - Measles confirmed

    Kampung Kuala Koh crisis: Restrict contact to curtail spread

    POSTED ON JUNE 10, 2019, MONDAY AT 12:04 AM NATION, NEWS

    KOTA BHARU: The Kelantan Health Department wants contact between the Orang Asli community in Kampung Kuala Koh in Gua Musang and outsiders to be restricted.

    Kelantan Health Director Dr Zaini Hussin said the move was to curtail the spread of pneumonia infections as it can be transmitted through respiration.
    ...
    “Of the population of 186 population, 83 of them have been and are being treated. We found the rest to be healthy and we will leave them be,” he said.
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    He said the present case is clearly pneumonia ...
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    Earlier yesterday, Gua Musang district police chief Supt Mohd Taufik Maidin had confirmed the latest death toll due to the outbreak stood at three.

    He also denied claims by locals that 13 villagers had died due to the outbreak, claimed to be due to water contamination from a nearby iron ore mine.
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    https://www.theborneopost.com/2019/0...urtail-spread/


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    Minister confirms deaths of 14 Orang Asli from Kg Kuala Koh

    Robin Augustin - June 9, 2019 2:40 PM

    PETALING JAYA: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P Waytha Moorthy has confirmed that 14 Orang Asli villagers from Kampung Kuala Koh, Gua Musang, have died from an illness believed to be pneumonia.

    Waytha, who is en route to visit the patients and the villagers, said 83 villagers are being treated, with 37 receiving outpatient treatment and 46 being hospitalised.

    Of those hospitalised, two are in serious condition — a 36-year-old woman and a 3-year-old child.

    However, police claimed they had information that only three Orang Asli had died from the respiratory illness, including one who died this morning at the Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II in Kota Bharu.
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    https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/ca...-kg-kuala-koh/

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    Kelantan Health Dept denies another Orang Asli dies of pneumonia

    Last update: 09/06/2019

    KOTA BHARU, June 9 (Bernama) -- Kelantan State Health Department has refuted claims that another Orang Asli resident from Kuala Koh, Gua Musang has died at the Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital (HRPZ II) today as alleged on social media.

    State Health director Dr Zaini Hussin said the news was not true as the three-year-old patient was still undergoing treatment at the HRPZ II’s Children Intensive Care Unit after being diagnosed with bronchial pneumonia or broncopneumonia as well as suffering from malnutrition.
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    The number of Orang Asli residents who were screened until yesterday (June 8) stood at 155 people with 83 were showing some symptoms,” he said in a statement today.
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    He added that based on clinical symptoms and infection, these cases were suspected of contracting pneumonia.
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    http://bernama.com/en/news.php?id=1733705
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela

  • #2
    Deaths of Orang Asli in Kuala Koh caused by respiratory-related disease

    The Star Online
    Published on Jun 10, 2019

    Top officials from the Health Ministry visited the Orang Asli who are down with a respiratory-related disease at the Gua Musang Hospital in Kelantan on Monday.

    The ministry said they would further determine the microorganism that caused the disease that had resulted in two casualties. The Orang Asli community in Kuala Koh have complained of the health and environmental impact caused by a former manganese mining site near their settlement.



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    Police to begin search for 12 Orang Asli graves in Kuala Koh

    Monday, 10 Jun 2019
    7:11 PM MYT

    GUA MUSANG (Bernama): A police operation to locate the graves of 12 Orang Asli from the Batek tribe, said to have died of pneumonia in Kampung Kuala Koh here over the past month, will begin on Tuesday (June 11).

    The 12 deceased were buried according to customary rituals in the jungle.
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    Once located, the bodies of the Orang Asli will be exhumed and sent to the Gua Musang Hospital for autopsy to ascertain the actual causes of their deaths.
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    https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nati...oh-on-tuesday/

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    10 Jun 2019 06:37PM
    (Updated: 10 Jun 2019 09:38PM)

    Kelantan settlement cordoned off after Orang Asli deaths, cause of illness yet to be identified

    GUA MUSANG, Kelantan: The Orang Asli village in Kuala Koh – where 14 people died and 50 were warded for respiratory complications – has been cordoned off while the authorities identify the exact cause of their illness.

    Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad said on Monday (Jun 10) that those affected were most possibly suffering from a secondary viral infection, but tuberculosis and leptospirosis have been ruled out.

    “There is a manganese mine in the area, and lung disease could be one of the illnesses caused by mining,” he said during a press conference at the Gua Musang Hospital.

    Those in the village, a Batek indigenous tribe, said the deaths started since early May.

    Postmortem on two of the deceased revealed that they had died from pneumonia.
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    "We are looking for the reason why there are so many deaths," said Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Monday.

    "There may be an infection of one type of disease but at this time we do not know what type of disease has caused their deaths."
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    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...death-11612446
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela

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    • #3
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      KKMPutrajaya
      @KKMPutrajaya
      4h4 hours ago

      PDRM has begun restrictions to restrict the entry of foreign organs to the Orang Asli village of Kuala Koh, Gua Musang. Only certain individuals are allowed to enter. This is to avoid spreading infections. Media workers should report to health clinics for health checks. - @ DrDzul


      KKMPutrajaya
      @ KKMPutrajaya

      Three Orang Asli from Kuala Koh, Gua Musang were admitted to ICU Hosp Kuala Krai ward today. Before this, only one ICU patient was placed in HRPZll. The entire Orang Asli of the village who are being treated at the MOH facility is 99 org. - Men. Health @ DrDzul

      3:18 AM - 11 June 2019

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      https://twitter.com/KKMPutrajaya


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      4 Orang Asli in intensive care after suffering breathing difficulties

      By Bernama - June 11, 2019 @ 3:58pm

      KUALA KRAI: Four Orang Asli from the Batek tribe, who had suffered breathing difficulties, have been receiving intensive care at Kuala Krai Hospital, here, in Kelantan since Sunday.

      The hospital’s director, Dr Mohd Salleh Mat Jusoh, said two females aged 12 and 27 were in the intensive care unit, while two infants aged 39 days and three months were in the neonatal intensive care unit.

      “The conditions of the four patients were reported to be stable and we are monitoring the development of their health from time to time,” he said today, adding that 24 patients from the tribe had being brought to the hospital in the past few days and were placed in a special cluster ward.
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      https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2...g-difficulties
      "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
      -Nelson Mandela

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      • #4
        Source: https://www.malaymail.com/news/malay...ntan-d/1761461

        Kuala Koh pneumonia outbreak not due to water contamination, says Kelantan deputy MB
        Published 2 hours ago on 12 June 2019

        KOTA BARU, June 12 — Kelantan Deputy Mentri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah today said the pneumonia outbreak among the Orang Asli community in Kampung Kuala Koh, Gua Musang had nothing to do with water pollution or logging activities.

        Mohd Amar said the matter was confirmed by several government agencies including the Department of Health and the Hazardous Materials Unit (Hazmat) of the Department of Fire and Rescue Malaysia (JBPM)...

        ...The Ministry of Health has confirmed that two of the 14 deaths involving the Orang Asli community from the Batek tribe in Kuala Koh in the past month were due to pneumonia, however, the true cause of death would only be known after a serology and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is concluded.

        So far, 99 residents of the community have received treatment, with four of them warded at the intensive care units of the Kuala Krai Hospital and Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital (HRPZII) here. — Bernama

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        • #5
          14 Jun 2019 06:49PM
          (Updated: 14 Jun 2019 06:50PM)

          Outbreak in Orang Asli village in Kelantan not associated with mining activity: DPM Wan Azizah
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          Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said on Friday (Jun 14) that the outbreak was not due to the manganese mining activity, adding that the test results showed that the water quality in the area was in compliance with the national standard.
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          She pledged that the government, through the Health Ministry, would continue to try and find the cause of the tragedy, which saw 103 people seeking medical treatment so far. Half of those affected are children younger than 12 years old.

          The outbreak has resulted in 14 deaths, and postmortem on two of the deceased revealed that they had died from pneumonia.
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          Dr Wan Azizah, who is also the Women, Family and Community Development Minister, said the investigation team was identifying the microorganisms from the samples taken from the patients and the bodies, and the results would be available soon.
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          https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...zizah-11628004
          "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
          -Nelson Mandela

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          • #6
            ‘Illness may be from Pahang’

            NATION
            Friday, 14 Jun 2019

            By Jo Timbuong
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            Mohamad said he was not sure of the cause but suspected that the Bateq people could have brought it in from Pahang as most of the deceased had come from there.

            It is learnt that it takes the Bateq people, a semi-nomadic Orang Asli tribe, about three days to walk from the Pahang border to the village in Kuala Koh.

            He also did not rule out the possibility that the sick had contracted the mysterious disease from contaminated water flowing from nearby oil palm plantations.
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            Meanwhile, state Health director Dr Zaini Hussin said the department is working with neighbouring states Pahang and Terengganu to determine the source of the illness.
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            https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nati...e-from-pahang/
            "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
            -Nelson Mandela

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            • #7
              https://says.com/my/news/mysterious-...ied-as-measles
              A Measles Outbreak Is The Cause of 15 Orang Asli Deaths In Kelantan

              By Alyssa J. Oon — 17 Jun 2019, 02:45 PM

              Previously, it was deemed as "mysterious illness".
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              The disease claimed its 15th victim, a three-year-old toddler belonging to the Bateq tribe, yesterday.
              The Health Ministry believes that the viral infection was able to spread quickly due to the villagers' limited protection against it

              While 61.5% of the villagers received their first measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) shots, only 30% of them had their follow-up shots.
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              The Ministry faced difficulties administering the vaccine due to the tribe's nomadic lifestyle.

              "Lack of nutrients also contributes to the risk of infection and complications," said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad in the statement.


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              • #8
                Orang Asli village in Kelantan afflicted with measles outbreak: Malaysian health minister

                17 Jun 2019 06:47PM
                (Updated: 17 Jun 2019 06:57PM)

                KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad confirmed on Monday (Jun 17) that there is a measles outbreak among the Batek Orang Asli community in Kelantan, where 15 deaths have been reported.

                In a statement, Dr Dzulkefly said 37 people out of 112 who have been sick had tested positive for measles as of Saturday.

                "However, tests for tuberculosis, melioidosis, leptospirosis and the coronavirus came back negative. Based on the test results, (we can say that) the Kampung Kuala Koh Orang Asli community is facing a measles outbreak," he said.
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                https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news...batek-11634806

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                KKMPutrajaya
                @KKMPutrajaya
                15h15 hours ago

                Diseases affecting Orang Asli Kg Kuala Koh, Gua Musang is Measles or Measles outbreak. As of June 15, 37 confirmed cases of laboratory test results Measles. The epidemic factor is the low MMR immunization coverage: 1. 61.5% (first dose) 2. 30% (second dose).
                "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                -Nelson Mandela

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                • #9
                  Six more down with measles in Kuala Koh

                  NATION
                  Friday, 21 Jun 2019

                  PUTRAJAYA: Six more new cases of Orang Asli in Kg Kuala Koh confirmed to have been infected with measles were detected but there are no new respiratory-related illness cases, said the Health Ministry.

                  Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said the fresh cases were confirmed based on laboratory tests. To date, the total number of Bateq people in Gua Musang, Kelantan, reported down with measles had risen to 43.

                  He said from June 3 to 18, the respiratory-related illness in the village reported to the Kelantan health department still remained at 113 cases. As of June 18, there were 53 cases being treated in hospital – 51 in the normal ward and two in the intensive care unit.
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                  https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nati...-in-kuala-koh/
                  "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                  -Nelson Mandela

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                  • #10
                    Source: https://www.thesundaily.my/local/72-...-pps-FY1032623


                    72 Batek orang asli infected with measles housed at PPS
                    27 Jun 2019 / 18:16 H.

                    GUA MUSANG: A total of 72 people from 22 families from the Batek tribe infected with measles have been housed at the temporary relief centre (PPS) in Taman Etnobotani, here, as of yesterday.

                    District Social Welfare Department (SWD) officer Hizani Ibrahim said they were housed at the PPS after receiving treatment at the Gua Musang Hospital (HGM) and were not allowed to return to Kampung Kuala Koh.

                    He said the number was expected to increase to more than 100 people in the near future as there were those still receiving treatment at HGM and the Kuala Krai Hospital (HKK).

                    Those who were placed at the PPS were monitored and prevented from moving freely, apart from being given daily health screening to ensure that they would be fully recovered and completely free of the epidemic before they were allowed to return home...

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                    • #11
                      Source: https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se...onal-attention

                      Measles outbreak among Orang Asli in remote Malaysia catches national attention
                      Published 1 hour ago
                      Nadirah H. Rodzi
                      Malaysia Correspondent

                      KUALA LUMPUR - The Malaysian government is expected to remove next week a "red zone" status in a remote district in Kelantan peopled by a tribe of the aboriginal Orang Asli, following the deaths of 15 people there in a case that has caught national attention.

                      While often forgotten in national conversations about race and poverty, the deaths this year from what was claimed to be a "mysterious" illness have brought several federal Cabinets rushing to the area in recent weeks, including Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Ismail.

                      The remote outpost in Gua Musang district, about six hours by car from capital Kuala Lumpur, is populated by the Bateq tribe and had been largely closed to the public for nearly a month.

                      Officials have since determined that a measles outbreak in Kampung Kuala Koh was the main cause of the deaths, with members of the tribe afflicted with respiratory-related illnesses.

                      A total of 116 cases infecting the community has been recorded since June 2, with 37 confirmed cases of measles.

                      Kelantan health director Dr Zaini Hussin said health officers have started administering vaccines to the nomadic community...

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                      • #12
                        Source: https://www.malaymail.com/news/malay...ngganu/1769794


                        Measles claims life of yet another Orang Asli in Terengganu
                        Published 6 hours ago on 09 July 2019

                        KUALA LUMPUR, July 9 — A Orang Asli woman is reported to have died due to measles in Terengganu yesterday, bringing the number of deaths due to an outbreak of the disease along the state’s border with Kelantan to four so far.

                        Health Minister Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad said the 39-year-old victim who was confirmed to have come down with measles through laboratory tests, died at the Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital, Kuala Terengganu after earlier receiving treatment at the Isolation Ward of Hospital Hulu Terengganu from June 29....

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