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(File pix) Photo shows a woman wearing a mask. Negri Sembilan has recorded an increase in Influenza Like Illness (ILI) infections, with 168 cases recorded since the beginning of this year until July 6. Archive image for illustration purposes only. Reuters Photo

SEREMBAN: Negri Sembilan has recorded an increase in Influenza Like Illness (ILI) infections, with 168 cases recorded since the beginning of this year until July 6.

State Health, Environment, Cooperatives and Consumerism Committee chairman S. Veerapan said the cases were recorded in 15 clusters, an increase of five clusters or 62.5 per cent for the same period last year.

According to him, of the total, Seremban recorded the highest ​​ILI cases with, 37 in five clusters, while there were 98 cases in four clusters in Jempol.

He added Rembau recorded 16 cases in three clusters, Jelebu 14 cases in two clusters and Port Dickson three cases in one cluster.

"Only two cases were admitted to the ward for further treatment, while others were treated as outpatients.

"In fact, no ILI death has been reported so far and no premises have been closed," he said in a statement here today.

Commenting on the outbreak, Veerapan said the ILI comprises various types of influenza including Influenza A and B that can occur in a community seasonally.

"It is a disease that causes a person to have a cold, flu or cough which can lead to severe pneumonia. The disease is caused by virus and spread via respiratory infection, "he added.

However, Veerapan said the disease had nothing to do with air or water pollution.

He also advised people with symptoms of respiratory tract infection to avoid going to public places. They need to put on the face mask, and seek immediate treatment.

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