Malaysia confirms second swine flu case: official

Agence France-Presse

Posted at May 16 2009 02:41 PM | Updated as of May 16 2009 10:41 PM

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia on Saturday confirmed its second case of swine flu, a female student who was on the same flight as a 21-year-old man whom authorities a day earlier announced had tested positive.

"Malaysia has a second case of the A(H1N1) influenza, which was confirmed by the Institute of Medical Research this morning," the health ministry's deputy director general Ramlee Rahmat told reporters.

"She is a student. She was on the same flight as the first case (and) she is a friend of the first case," he added.

"She was admitted to the Penang hospital yesterday. She is in a stable condition and her fever has subsided."

Ramlee said the student's family had been placed in home quarantine but were healthy.

Five family members who live with the 21-year-old man, the first confirmed case Friday, were previously placed under home quarantine.

Officials have urged people not to be alarmed amid fears that more people have been exposed to the disease.

The government has urged all passengers who travelled on the same Malaysian Airlines flight as the two infected people to contact the ministry.

Ramlee said that there were 192 passengers and 15 crew members on Malaysian airlines flight MH091 from Newark in the United States to Kuala Lumpur that arrived on May 13.

It was not a code-sharing flight (with Indonesian carrier Garuda) as announced Friday, he said.

"We are prepared to handle an outbreak. It is good that we have discovered the two cases," Ramlee said.

Malaysian health authorities have installed 20 thermal scanners at the country's entry points to help detect possible cases of the virus.

The latest WHO data showed 7,520 people in 34 countries were confirmed to have caught the A(H1N1) virus.