The latest victim is a 19-year-old student from a private institution of higher learning in Malaysia who was on holiday in Melbourne, Australia for 17 days from May 24.
Director-general of health Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican said the student returned to Malaysia with three of his friends on flight MH148 which arrived at the KL International Airport (KLIA) at 9.21pm on June 10. “He was seated at 36F and his friends were seated in the same row,” he said in a statement here.
Dr Ismail said the student had no fever at the KLIA and had dropped by his friend’s house in Ampang before returning to his father’s house in Kuala Lumpur.
He had lunch with his mother at a shopping complex on June 11. He had fever then but later went around Kuala Lumpur with his friends.
Dr Ismail said the student sought treatment at the Universiti Medical Centre at 3pm yesterday and was immediately referred to the isolation ward of the Kuala Lumpur Hospital at 5.30pm and confirmed to be infected with the disease this morning.
“Investigation showed that he started having a sore throat and nasal block on June 9. He was stable then and was given antiviral treatment.”
He said the student’s parents who did not live together had been placed under home quarantine.