Johor lawyer the 78th victim of H1N1

A Johor lawyer died of influenza A (H1N1), making him the 78th fatality in Malaysia.

Director-general of health Dr Ismail Merican said the 42-year-old suffered other complications such as acute renal failure and viral infection according to the laboratory tests.

“He died of H1N1 with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital Monday,” he said.

As of 5.30pm Monday, there were 678 patients with influenza-like-illnesses (ILI) still being treated in hospitals nationwide.

Of the total, 66 cases were tested positive for H1N1, while five were being treated in the ICU.

He said H1N1 is not only still active in Malaysia, but also in the region as well as the world.

Meanwhile in Puchong, the H1N1 outbreak in SJK (C) Han Ming had only one new case recorded since last Tuesday.

The school’s Parents Teacher Association chairman Loh Mun Shum said the school has been using Dettol to clean school’s desks everyday after 5 students and 1 teacher were found to be infected last week.

“We also have a parent who sponsored us (in sterilising) the school’s compound,” he said.

Students have also come back to school, with attendance up to levels before the outbreak occurred.