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A 1-Year-Old Infected With H1N1 Has Died While Her Twin Is Fighting To Live In Pahang

The death was linked to influenza spread across the country.

Cover image via Faiz Anuar/New Straits Times & Malay Mail

A one-year-old girl in Pahang, who tested positive for H1N1, is currently fighting for her life after her twin sister succumbed to the virus

According to a report in New Straits Times yesterday, 10 January, the victim was warded together with her twin sister at the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Hospital (Hoshah) Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in December 2019.

While the victim, who tested positive for H1N1, also known as Influenza A, succumbed to the virus last month, her death was only verified by the authorities last week after being first reported on 1 January 2020.

Meanwhile, her twin sister is currently fighting for her life in Hoshah's ICU.

The Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Hospital in Temerloh.

Image via Malay Mail

The death was linked to influenza spread across the country

Pahang Health Department director Dr Bahari Awang Ngah, while confirming the death, said that the case was linked to influenza spread across Malaysia, reported New Straits Times.

However, the Health Department was reported saying that the Temerloh death from H1N1 was considered an isolated case and that things were still under control in Pahang.

Meanwhile, an unnamed source cited in the report said that while Pahang Health Department investigators have been tracking the case for a year, they remain unable to identify its point of transmission

"Our investigations showed that the sisters had only been to two places — their nursery and a supermarket," the unnamed source was quoted as saying.

Nobody else at the nursery has tested positive for H1N1.

"Our preliminary conclusion is that the victims could have picked it outside, maybe from the foreign workers at the supermarket," the source added.

On Friday, authorities declared an Influenza outbreak in Selangor:

Recently, a mysterious viral suspected of being linked to the highly contagious SARS virus infected dozens of people in Wuhan:

Last month, a three-month-old Malaysian infant was diagnosed with polio, the first case reported in the country in nearly three decades:

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