KUALA LUMPUR, July 12 — The influenza outbreak which involved nine Johor Darul Ta’zim Football Club squad (JDT) players is under control, with all those infected currently receiving outpatient treatment.
The Johor State Health Department’s Deputy Director Dr Shaharom Nor Azian Che Mat Din confirmed this with Bernama.
“Eight of those cases were diagnosed with influenza B while one was diagnosed with influenza A and they had received outpatient treatment at KPJ Johor Specialist Hospital, Johor Baru and are now in stable condition,“ he said.
“The injection of prophylaxis – Influenza PFS vaccine to 31 people including players and coaches has also been carried out in addition to the proper health promotion of personal hygiene procedures and the use of ‘alcohol hand rub’ to patients is also provided in the player’s treatment room,“ he said.
Action taken to prevent further transmission include disinfection of the Padang Seri Gelam football training centre and improved cleaning as a precaution and control of possible infection.
Influenza is a disease caused by a virus through the respiratory system. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle ache and lethargy. Symptomsvary according to the age of those infected.
Epidemics caused by seasonal influenza virus only causes a mild flu in ordinary people.
Severe infection such as pneumonia could occur among risk groups such as children, elderly, pregnant women and those with chronic diseases such as diabetes.