SEREMBAN: Negeri Sembilan has recorded an increase in Influenza Like Illness (ILI) infections, with 106 cases recorded as of yesterday.
The number marks an increase of 55 cases compared to the same period last year.
State Health, Environment, Cooperatives and Consumerism Committee chairman S Veerapan said 11 cases were recorded in three Influenza A clusters, with two cases in Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil Mukundan Bukit Pelandok Port Dickson, six in Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina Chung Hwa Port Dickson and three in Epsom College in Nilai.
"Of the 11 cases, 10 were given outpatient treatment and one patient was warded for supervision.
"However, the patient has been discharged and allowed to return home," he said in a statement here today.
Veerapan said so far the ILI situation in the state was under control with no deaths reported and no schools had been ordered to close.
Commenting on the outbreak, Veerapan said the ILI comprises various types of influenza including Influenza A and B that can occur in a community seasonally.
"It is a disease that causes a person to have a cold, flu or cough which can lead to severe pneumonia. The disease is caused by virus and spread via respiratory infection," he added.
He advised people to seek early treatment if they experience symptoms such as high fever, cold, cough and fatigue.
“High risk individuals – pregnant women, children under the age of five and chronically ill patients such as those who have asthma and diabetes – should seek immediate treatment in the event of these symptoms.
“Drink enough water to stay hydrated and reduce outdoor activity during hot weather. Regularly wash your hands, avoid crowded places and practice good cough and sneeze etiquette,” he said.
Source: New Straits Times