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  • Influenza B outbreak in female psychiatric ward of Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Med J Malaysia. 2018 Dec;73(6):405-406.
    Influenza B outbreak in female psychiatric ward of Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    Mohamad Isa MF1, Tan JM2, Abdul Aziz MF2, Leong CL3.
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    Abstract

    Influenza outbreaks in tropical countries are rarely reported. This article reports four cases of influenza within a psychiatric ward of a tertiary hospital in Malaysia. These were patients with severe mental illness who were involuntarily admitted and did not show the classical triad of influenza-like-illness (ILI) at the beginning. However, severe respiratory complications developed requiring intubation. Referral and cooperation with the infectious disease team was initiated to help manage the outbreak while continuing psychiatric treatment. Incidences of influenza among hospitalised psychiatric patients should be treated seriously with immediate multidisciplinary approach to prevent severe unwanted complications.


    PMID: 30647214
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