There’s no need to panic according to a Malaysian health minister as the risk for human transmission of H7N9 is very low.
The Malaysian Health Ministry has confirmed today that Malaysia has the first imported Influenza A Virus subtype H7N9 by a female tourist from Guangdong, China.
The 67 year old tourist flew into Kuala Lumpur on February 3, and the next day she flew to Sandakan. After spending two days in Sandakan, she travelled to Kota Kinabalu and was hospitalised.
Two screenings were performed on her and the second screening confirmed that she has the virus. She is currently receiving treatment in the ICU of a private hospital in Kota Kinabalu, and being put on ventilator. Her condition is reported to be stable.
Based on online news reports, twenty people who have had close contact with the patient have been screened but tested negative for the virus.
Stay safe – always wash your hands as much as possible!