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Five Children and Two Adults Tested Positive for H1N1 Flu in a Hospital in Likas, Sabah

19/02/2014

According to a recent report by The Star, health officers in Likas Women and Children’s Hospital have detected an outbreak of H1N1 flu virus with five children and two adult caregivers being tested positive for the swine flu virus. As a result, the entire ward at the hospital has been quarantined to prevent further outbreak.

Hospital director, Dr Tan Bee Hwai said that medical officers are trying to track down the source of the H1N1 outbreak. He further added that the doctors and staff are well prepared with necessary measures and medications to handle the situation following an earlier H1N1 pandemic at the hospital in 2009.

H1N1 flu, also known as Swine flu is contagious and the deadly virus spreads the same way as normal flu. Transmission of the virus can happen when tiny droplets are disseminated into the air via coughing or sneezing by the infected person. Cross contamination occurs when others breathe in these droplets or by touching surfaces/ objects such as door handles that are contaminated and then touching their eyes, mouth or nose.

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The best prevention measure is to ensure good hand hygiene all the time:

• Wash your hands thoroughly with hand soap after touching food and after visiting areas with many people such as the washroom
• Use hand sanitisers containing at least 60% alcohol to sanitise your hands when there is no water readily available

Providing adequate hand soaps and hand sanitisers in your business premises encourages good hand hygiene among your employees in return reducing absenteeism.

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Source:  The Star Online

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