Thursday, July 2, 2009

Malaysians Still Ignorant About Influenza A?

Have we become immune to the virus that we ironically choose to put aside the fact that swine flu is now a pandemic? Or, have we Malaysian become a bunch of ignorant citizens? If a recent radio talk show is to go by, many Malaysians still do not know what H1N1 is. I really hope it was an isolated case.

If you are one of them, I - being a responsible citizen that I am (hehehe) - strongly suggest that you read, ask and talk about it now. Know your enemy - I wrote about this before in my postings - because then you'll be better equipped and know what to do best in situations you are most exposed to risk of infection.
In case you are still not convinced how deadly the virus is, here're some fact (from WHO) for you to ponder:
  • 71,076 cases of influenza A (H1N1) worldwide, as at 30th June 2009
  • 311 fatalities
  • 158 cases in Malaysia as at 30th June 2009
  • there are already cases in Sabah (in Kudat) as reported by the local dailies
The Government is taking every possible means to put the disease under control but it can never be achieve without the participation of everyone. I said EVERYONE simply because I can be very vigilant in keeping things at bay and I can still get infected easily from an ignorant friend who have just came back from oversea. So the key is commitment from everybody.
Just to re-cap, the common symptoms of H1Na flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular seasonal flu, such as - high fever (>37.7 deg Celc), sore throat, cough, muscle aches, fatigue, chills, headache and vomiting.

Please refresh ourselves on the simple but the best known ways to avoid getting infection.

Be safe! Remember Health is Wealth.

1 comment:

C.Alv.B said...

Health is wealth.. yes I agree with ou..