Rotavirus outbreak under control

Rotavirus outbreak under control

IPOH, Malaysia - The rotavirus outbreak at Hilir Perak and Batang Padang is under control and is settling down.

Perak Health Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said the number of reported cases had dwindled since it first broke out.

"Out of the eight cases we tested on Thursday, only one was tested positive.

"When it first surfaced a week ago, 13 out of 18 cases were positive," Dr Mah told reporters yesterday.

He said as at yesterday, 210 cases were reported in the two districts - 123 in Hilir Perak and 87 in Batang Padang.

He said not all cases reported were positive for rotavirus.

Dr Mah said there were many cases of anxious parents bringing their children with symptoms of diarrhoea, fever and vomiting to the hospitals and health clinics for checks.

"Some had symptoms of diarrhoea but these were mild cases," he said.

"We encourage parents to bring their children with such symptoms to health clinics and hospitals if they are unsure and worried," he said.

Dr Mah also said that nine samples taken from water treatment plants and distribution channels had tested negative, while results for 14 more samples were pending.

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