VOL NO REGD NO DA 1589

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

HEADLINE

POLITICS & POLICIES

METRO & COUNTRY

MISCELLANY

EDITORIAL

LETTER TO EDITOR

COMPANIES & FINANCE

BUSINESS & FINANCE

LEISURE & ENTERTAINMENT

MARKET & COMMODITIES

SPORTS

WORLD

 

FE Specials

FE Education

Urban Property

Monthly Roundup

FE IT

Saturday Feature

Asia/South Asia

 

Feature

13th SAARC SUMMIT DHAKA-2005

WOMEN & ECONOMY

57th Republic Day of India

US TRADE SHOW

 

 

 

Archive

Site Search

 

HOME

WORLD
 
Malaysia out to prevent foot-and-mouth disease
3/8/2006
 

          KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 7 (AFP): Malaysian health officials said Tuesday they would shut more kindergartens if necessary to prevent an outbreak of hand, foot-and-mouth disease in eastern Sarawak state from spreading nationwide.
Four children have died and thousands of others have received medical attention so far this year because of the virus, which mostly affects young infants and is not related to foot and mouth disease.
Malaysia's Health Minister Chua Soi Lek said the government was on alert for the spread of the disease from Sarawak, located on Borneo island, into peninsular Malaysia, where most of the country's population live.
"In peninsular Malaysia, the health ministry will take a clear line of action to prevent the spread of HFMD," Chua told the official Bernama news agency at a hospital in Sarawak.
"If more than two children in a kindergarten are infected, it will be shut down automatically to break the chain of transmission," he said.
The health ministry on Friday ordered the immediate closure of 488 Sarawak kindergartens for two weeks to curb the spread of the disease.
Chua warned that kindergartens that failed to shut could risk having their licences revoked, or face fines or jail terms.
Sarawak health director Yao Sik King said as many as 200 new cases were being reported daily.
Yao told AFP that a total of 3,087 cases had been recorded since January 1. Some 80 percent of the patients were children aged below six years, he added.
As of Tuesday, at least 55 children remained in hospital, he said.
But Yao said the state government was taking all the action necessary to prevent the outbreak from becoming worse.

 

 
  More Headline
Howard vows to boost trade with India
Sino call for Iran co-operation
Afghans blamed for stoking terror row with Pakistan
Seven die,11 hurt in Iraq violence
Malaysia out to prevent foot-and-mouth disease
Plea for Moussaouiís death penalty
Arroyo warns to re-impose state of emergency
China for lifting of US high-tech export ceiling
45 Africans drown off Mauritania coast
Iraq parliament to sit this week
 

Print this page | Mail this page | Save this page | Make this page my home page

About us  |  Contact us  |  Editor's panel  |  Career opportunity | Web Mail

 

 

 

 

Copy right @ financialexpress.com