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‘H1N1 not cause of death’

December 11, 2013

Health Ministry clarifies the cause of death of a woman suspected to be H1N1 victim

KUALA LUMPUR: A woman civilian staff at the Kedah police contingent headquarters died of complications from thyroid disease and not Influenza A (H1N1), it was revealed today.

Deputy Director-General of Health Dr S Jeyaindran said this was confirmed after a review by a specialist from the Ministry of Health of the medical record at the private hospital where the 48-year-old woman had undergone treatment.

“The woman was ill and had fever and was sent to a private hospital for treatment. At the hospital, a blood test showed that she was H1N1 positive and it was suspected that she had contracted H1N1.

“The Health Ministry sent its specialist to review the medical report and the specialist confirmed that she had died of thyroid complications and not H1N1.”

Jeyaindran said that as there had been an H1N1 epidemic in the country, the potential for the people to be exposed to the virus was high.

“However, from time to time, if the contagion becomes aggressive, then it may lead to death,” he added.

The woman died at 11.10 am yesterday at a private hospital after attending a

meeting of police civilian staff with the Inspector-General of Police in Melaka

last Thursday.



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