SEREMBAN - A 27-year-old woman here has become the country's first A(H1N1) influenza-related fatality this year when she succumbed to the virus at the Tuanku Ja'afar Hospital.
The woman, who worked in Singapore, had fallen ill while still in the republic and died just before Hari Raya.
It is learnt that the victim had earlier been asked by her family to return home after she did not recover from fever for several days.
State health director Datuk Dr Zailan Adnan said a post-mortem revealed that she was infected by the virus.
"We have reasons to believe that she may have been infected in the republic. She returned for treatment here but died several days later," she said.
Those infected will show symptoms such as flu, fever, lethargy, runny nose, cough, sore throat, lack of appetite, vomiting and in some cases, diarrhoea.
Dr Zailan said that despite the woman's death, the people need not panic.
"We have tested her family members and none of them has been infected. The situation is very much under control and it is my hope that no one will spread rumours," she said.
It is understood that the victim had immediately sought treatment at Tuanku Ja'afar Hospital upon her return from Johor Baru and was prescribed with medication.