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    Sunday, 5 February 2017

    Be alert for MERS-CoV and Avian flu, doctors told

    SEREMBAN: Doctors have been told to report any Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and Avian influenza (AI) cases to the health authorities within 24 hours to allow them to take immediate precautionary measures.
    ?It is important that we are notified immediately of any confirmed, probable or suspected case so that we can take measures to control its spread and treatment of the patient,? he said, adding that the notification should also be entered into the ministry?s eNotifikasi or infectious diseases information system.

    Dr Noor Hisham said in a directive that although the authorities cannot ascertain the number of MERS-CoV confirmed cases in Malaysia, the number of suspected cases had increased from 125 in 2013 to 726 in 2015.

    A 54-year-old Malaysian was the first to die of the disease in April 2014. The victim had returned after performing umrah in Saudi Arabia when he fell ill.
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