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09KUALALUMPUR377
2009-05-15 09:42:00
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Embassy Kuala Lumpur
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TFFLU01: MALAYSIA H1N1 UPDATE - MAY 15, 2009

Tags:   KFLU  AEMR  ASEC  AMED  CASC  KFLO  TBIO  KSAF  KPAO  PREL 
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						UNCLAS KUALA LUMPUR 000377 

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KFLU AEMR ASEC AMED CASC KFLO TBIO KSAF KPAO PREL
PINR, AMGT, TF, MY
SUBJECT: TFFLU01: MALAYSIA H1N1 UPDATE - MAY 15, 2009

REF: Kuala Lumpur 362

UNCLAS KUALA LUMPUR 000377

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STATE FOR OES/AIAG FOR AMBASSSADOR LOFTIS, DWINN AND
CPATTERSON
STATE FOR REO/BKK FOR HHOWARD
STATE FOR OES/IHB, AAIT, MED
HHS FOR OGHA STEIGER AND HICKEY
CDC ATLANTA FOR CCID AND COGH
USDA FOR APHIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KFLU AEMR ASEC AMED CASC KFLO TBIO KSAF KPAO PREL
PINR, AMGT, TF, MY
SUBJECT: TFFLU01: MALAYSIA H1N1 UPDATE - MAY 15, 2009

REF: Kuala Lumpur 362


1. (U) SUMMARY: The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed the
first case of H1N1 in Malaysia. The infected individual is a 21
year old Malaysian man who was studying in the U.S. The individual
has been quarantined at a government hospital where he is reported
to be in stable condition. WHO is still awaiting official
notification from MOH before including this case in their official
H1N1 count. However, they expect to receive this notification
shortly. END SUMMARY.


2. (U) The infected individual is a Malaysian citizen who was
studying in the U.S. Post has not yet learned where in the U.S. he
was studying and living but is continuing efforts to learn this
information. He arrived in Malaysia on May 13 aboard Malaysia
Airlines flight MH091 originating in Newark. MOH has publicly urged
all passengers on that flight to contact the ministry. The infected
man successfully passed the screening at Kuala Lumpur International
Airport (KLIA) along with all other passengers on the flight. He
did not become symptomatic until May 14. He voluntarily sought
medical attention after suffering from fever, sore throat, and body
aches.


3. (U) Because the individual fit the case description for H1N1, he
was taken to Sungai Buloh hospital in the Kuala Lumpur metropolitan
area. This is the primary hospital designated by MOH for the
treatment and quarantining of H1N1. 28 others hospitals throughout
Malaysia have also been designated and put on alert. A sample was
taken and tests at the Malaysian Institute of Medical Research (IMR)
revealed he was positive for Influenza A(H1N1). IMR uses
CDC-provided test kits and WHO is confident in their testing
procedures. As such, a WHO official confirmed to ESTHoff that this
case will be included in the WHO statistics as soon as notification
is received from MOH, which is expected shortly.


4. (U) The infected man was given anti-viral treatment and is
reportedly in stable condition. His quarantine will likely last one
to two weeks per MOH protocol. MOH has contacted his family but
they have not been placed under quarantine at this time.


5. (U) MOH Director General Ismail Merican urged the public not to
panic, stating that MOH was treating the matter appropriately.
There have been 10 other suspected cases in Malaysia, all of which
were subsequently tested and cleared for H1N1 infection. However,
Merican repeated the May 12 Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel
advisory to avoid travel to the U.S. and other affected countries
(see reftel).


6. (U) Minister of Health Liow Tiong Lai is in transit to the World
Health Assembly in Geneva. He will reportedly cut short his trip to
this already-shortened meeting. Liow has stated to the media that
he will push for the WHO to recommend exit screening for H1N1 in all
affected countries, including the U.S.


KEITH