ILI Cluster Detected at a School in Ipoh

An Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) cluster was detected at a full boarding school in Ipoh last Tuesday.

Executive Councillor for Health, Science, Environment and Green Technology, Mohd Akmal Kamarudin said the cluster was detected when the Kinta District Health Office was informed by the hostel warden that some students had symptoms of coughing.

He said investigation found that 25 out of the 220 students who were exposed had cough symptoms, 11 had sore throats, 7 had flu and 4 had headaches.

“They have received treatment at the Ampang Community Clinic, Ipoh. No students have been admitted to the hospital.

“The COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test Kit (RTK) test for 25 symptomatic students on June 19 was negative.

“Meanwhile, 3 out of 5 nasopharyngeal swab samples were found to be positive for Influenza A H3 on June 21,” he said.

He said so to reporters after officiating the state-level No Tobacco Day 2022 at the Perak Jubilee Hall on Saturday.

Akmal continued to say that students with symptoms were isolated separately at the school dormitory to be monitored for 10 days.

Meanwhile, daily screening of symptomatic students was done by the school to be referred for further health examination and treatment at the clinic.

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