Sunday, July 19, 2009

:: SM Sains Kuching - H1N1

Ten SMK Sains Kuching students H1N1 positive

Students now undergoing treatment at Sarawak General Hospital

KUCHING: Ten students of SMK Sains Kuching tested positive for Influenza A(H1N1) virus yesterday, while 32 students in Limbang were awaiting their results.

The ten students are now undergoing treatment at the Sarawak General Hospital, while their schoolmates who are boarders at SMK Sains Kuching have all been quarantined.

The school is closed until July 23.

In Limbang, 17 students from SMK Patiambung and 15 from SMK Kubong were quarantined yesterday after they contracted influenza like illness. Their samples were sent for testing at the Institute of Medical Research in Kuala Lumpur and their results are expected the latest by today.

Their school, however, was not closed and their schoolmates were not quarantined, said an officer from the State Operations Room when contacted by thesundaypost.

When asked why they were not closed and their students quarantined, the officer said that further information were unavailable.

On Friday, eight students of SMK Agama Limbang tested H1N1 positive virus and were admitted at Miri Hospital.

The school was closed and its students were quarantined either at home or in the school’s hostel until July 23. There has been no explanation yet as to how the students in the four schools could have contracted the virus.

The new cases yesterday brought the total number of suspected H1N1 cases in the state to 55, with 23 imported cases and 32 locally transmitted.

The total number consists of 16 from Kuching (12 import and four local transmission), one from Sibu (import), two from Bintulu (all import), 17 from Miri (seven import and 10 local transmission), and nine from Limbang (one import and 18 local transmission).