Influenza A Situation In Sabah

The Influenza A virus, also known as H1N1 or swine flu, has infected almost 160,000 people world wide. Close to 1,000 deaths has been recorded, including 3 fatalities in Malaysia and 5 in Singapore. While many schools in the country has closed due to the Influenza A pandemic, including schools in Sabah, the actual mortality rate is low compared to the Sapnish Flu pandemic of 1918.

The best news is that treatment for the H1N1 virus is highly effective. 98% of patients in Malaysia has recovered, the rest are still undergoing treatment. While outbreaks like these are worrisome, modern communication and technology has given us a fighting chance to control this pandemic.

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H1N1 Flu Symptoms
The symptoms of the H1N1 flu are very similar to seasonal flu:

  • Fever, Sore throat, running nose, headaches, body aches, chills and fatigue.

Other symptoms reported by some include:

  • Diarrhea and vomiting

Emergency Warning Signs
If your children exhibit these warning signs, sign immediate medical attention.

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish or gray skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but return with fever and worse cough

For adults, seek immediate medical attention if you experience these signs.

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

If you exhibit these signs when you are flying in to Sabah, you will likely be quarantined. As had happened to a number of visitors coming to Sabah, and folks returning to Sabah. Viral flu is highly contagious, and require Antiviral drugs. Anti-bacterial drugs or antibiotic are only effective against bacterial infection, not viral infections.

Persons with pre-existing medical conditions, the young and the elderly are considered at high risk for flu complications.

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Protect Yourself and Your Family
The best protection you can have against the flu pandemic is to stay informed, and practice good personal hygiene.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

For More Information
Learn more about treatment and the prevention of the spread of Influenza A (H1N1) virus at

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