Dzulkefly confirms malaria outbreak in Pahang Orang Asli village

Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad.

PUTRAJAYA: Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad today confirmed a recent outbreak of malaria among Orang Asli villagers in Kuala Lipis, Pahang.

“We went in to carry out active case detection and we found that 11 Orang Asli were infected with malaria,” he said at a press conference here.

He added that the health director-general would issue a statement later today.

The press conference was also attended by Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman, dean of the Universiti Malaya faculty of medicine.

She said the Plasmodium vivax strain of malaria with which the Orang Asli had been diagnosed is milder and less life-threatening than others.

“Often, patients will recover very quickly and may not be hospitalised,” she said, adding that three days of anti-malaria treatment and other courses of medication would likely be enough for recovery.

She also said the outbreak was not a cause for concern, adding that malaria had been mostly eradicated in the country except for isolated cases such as this.