State Health Dept confirms Hepatitis A cases in Samarahan

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KUCHING, Feb 21: The State Health Department has confirmed rumours on social media alleging Hepatitis A (Hep A) cases in Samarahan.

In a statement today, Sarawak Health Director Dr Jamilah Hashim also confirmed that a letter with regards to Hepatitis A was issued by its Samarahan Office.

The letter which went viral, was sent to all clinics in Samarahan division, with an instruction to conduct proper investigations and inspections on any cases with signs of Hep A, especially those from Kampung Asajaya Laut.

“This is related to the Hep A epidemic involving two cases from Kampung Asajaya Laut. Both patients were hospitalised on Feb 14 and the department started its investigation the next day,” she said.

Hep A is a food and water borne disease. Infections spread through contaminated food, water and stool containing Hep A virus.

The majority of patients will exhibit symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, tiredness, diarrhea, fever, dark urine and jaundice.

“To control and prevent Hep A, the department has started carrying out activities such as continuous monitoring through all the reports from private clinics and government clinics, (holding) health education activities and (implementing) prevention measures with local communities, cleanliness in preparation of food and drinks, as well as (with regards to) clean environment.

“(An investigation into) the quality of treated water in the area was also carried out to make sure it adhered to the standards set by the Ministry of Health Malaysia,” she said.

Members of the public are advised to boil water before drinking or cooking.

Those who are experiencing clinical signs of Hep A such as loss of appetite, fatigue, stomachache, nausea, vomiting, fever, diarrhea, dark colored urine, and pale and jaundiced stools are advised to seek immediate treatment at the nearest clinic or hospital. — DayakDaily