JE-CONTROL/BM:HEALTH DEPARTMENT CONDUCTS CONTROL AND DETECTION OF JE IN BAGAN JERMAL
July 03 20:56
BUTTERWORTH, The Health Department conducted control and detection of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) 200 metres from the home of the grandfather of the girl infected with the virus.
Seberang Perai Utara health officer Dr Nik Normaniza Nik Man said they also conducted screening for fever or symptoms of JE on residents in Bagan Jermal.
"We also destroyed mosquito larvae in the surrounding areas as the virus is spread by mosquitoes," she told reporters here today.
The two years and five months girl was believed infected with the JE virus after coming in contact with her grandfather in Bagan Jermal.
Penang Health director Datuk Dr Lailanor Ibrahim said blood screening for the girl on June 24 found it to be JE positive.
Dr Nik Normaniza said the girl is cared for by her grandmother in Bagan Jermal because her mother is working in Perai.
"The girl who lives in Lunas, Kedah is sent to her grandmother from 7 am to 6 pm daily," she added.
The grandmother, Salasiah Chik, 72, said Norain Nasuha Shukri was initially taken to a private clinic after three weeks of fever before the doctor ordered her to be taken to hospital.
"She was rushed to Seberang Jaya Hospital before being transferred to Penang Hospital after her condition worsened. Thank God, she is recovering."
Earlier, a pupil of SK Kampung Selamat suspected of being infected with the JE virus is being treated in a private hospital in Bayan Baru.
Muhammad Ammar Muqrish Zulkifli, 12, who had fever since May 18 was admitted to Kepala Batas Hospital and later transferred to a private hospital on May 21.