KOTA BARU: Kelantan Health Department today confirmed measles as the cause of death of the three-year-old Orang Asli boy of the Batek tribe from Kuala Koh who was warded at Raja Perempuan Zainab II hospital here yesterday.
The department’s director Dr Zaini Hussin said Nasri Rosli was infected by the measles virus and he later suffered a secondary bacterial infection.
“This infection is serious and had caused several of the boy’s internal organs to stop functioning. This had contributed to his death,” he said, adding that the boy’s remains were expected to undergo a post-mortem at Gua Musang hospital this evening.
Nasri died at the hospital’s intensive care unit about 6.45pm yesterday without regaining consciousness.
The Health Ministry earlier confirmed there was a measles outbreak among the Orang Asli Batek tribe at Kampung Kuala Koh Orang Asli community in Gua Musang.
Its minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said the disease was confirmed after 37 people out of 112 were tested positive as of June 15.
He said tests for tuberculosis, melioidosis, leptospirosis and the corona virus came back negative and based on the test results, the Kampung Kuala Koh Orang Asli community is facing a measles outbreak.
Dr Dzulkefly attributed the measles outbreak to low immunisation coverage within the community.