Another Malaysian Infected With Coronavirus As 3rd Patient Makes Full Recovery

The latest victim is the mother-in-law of the first Malaysian to test positive for the coronavirus.

Cover image via Nikkei Asian Review & Twitter @ahalimNewsMPB

Earlier today, 9 February, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced a new case of another Malaysian infected with the novel coronavirus.

The latest victim has now become the 17th confirmed case here.

According to a statement issued by MOH, the new case is a 65-year-old Malaysian citizen who is the mother-in-law of a local who was reported on 4 February as the first local case (9th overall) in the country.

The victim has a number of chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, paralysis, wears a pacemaker with limited mobility and movement, the statement read.

"She had direct contact with the 9th case while sitting at a table for a few Chinese New Year dinners with family members between 26 to 28 January," MOH posted on its website.

On 5 February, the Malaysian woman had complained that she was dizzy, sweaty, and feeling lifeless. However, she had no fever.

She was taken to seek treatment as an outpatient at a private hospital. Shortly thereafter, she was allowed to return home with a follow-up appointment on 7 February.

According to the Ministry of Health, however, once her son-in-law was positively identified as the 9th confirmed case in Malaysia, the woman was tracked down by the District Health Office.

"Investigations show she has no history of travelling to China. As part of the investigation, samples were taken from her and other family members. The 2019-nCoV detection and validation test conducted came positive on 8 February, while for other members of the family it was negative," it said.

She has now been admitted to the isolation ward at Hospital Sungai Buloh (HSB) and is in stable condition.

The HSB, located in the Petaling District, is Malaysia's Centre for Infectious Diseases and is equipped with the most modern and advanced facilities to handle such cases.

Meanwhile, Health director general (D-G) Dr Noor Hiusham Abdul announced that a third patient made a full recovery earlier today

"The Ministry of Health wants to announce that the 10th positive case of 2019-nCoV, a 63-year-old Chinese national being treated at the isolation ward of the Hospital Kuala Lumpur has improved and fully recovered," Dr Noor Hisham said on his official Facebook page, 9 February.

"She was given symptomatic treatment with continuous monitoring and no need for antiviral medication," the Health D-G added, referring to the antiviral drug named Kaletra.

While the antiviral drug is used to treat people with HIV, it is being trialled in patients in Malaysia and China among other countries as a possible therapy against the coronavirus.

"Your service is very much appreciated," Dr Hisham wrote, thanking the team at HKL for providing excellent care to the patients

Prior to the latest announcement, a 40-year-old man from Wuhan became the second case of coronavirus recovery in Malaysia:

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