191 cases of intestine infection reported in Tenom, all in stable condition

KOTA KINABALU: The State Health Department has confirmed an outbreak of Acute Gastroenteritis (AGE) in the Tenom district.

Director Datuk Dr Asits Sanna said the department, through the Tenom district health office identified an increase in AGE cases starting June 4,  through ongoing surveillance.

An investigation into the reported symptoms between June 2 and June 13, revealed a total of 191 AGE cases.

Out of these, 154 cases received outpatient treatment, while 37 individuals were hospitalised.

Currently, 33 cases have been discharged, and four patients remain in stable condition in the hospital.

"Control measures have been implemented, including epidemiological investigations, laboratory tests, environmental assessments, and health education for the public and affected individuals.

"Nineteen clinical samples were taken from hospitalised patients, with 16 samples testing positive for Rotavirus.

"The suspected source of the infection is likely contaminated water, and environmental samples are being analysed to determine the exact cause," he said in a statement.

Rotavirus is a common intestinal infection in children, with symptoms including diarrhoea, vomiting, and fever, which can lead to dehydration and, if untreated, can be fatal.

The virus can be transmitted through contaminated water or food and direct contact from faeces to the mouth (faecal-oral). It can also spread through contact with contaminated hands, toys, or surfaces.

Dr Asits said the state Water Department has been notified to monitor the chlorination of treated water in the district.

"The Health Department advises the public to maintain personal hygiene, cook food thoroughly, store food properly, use safe and clean water, and seek immediate treatment if experiencing symptoms of diarrhoea."

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