Brunei’s 2nd Confirmed Case of A(H1N1)

As read by Frankie Chan on News at 10, RTB1, 21st June 2009:

The Ministry of Health has confirmed the second case of influenza A(H1N1) in Brunei Darussalam. According to the Ministry’s press release this 2nd case, a Bruneian aged 16 years, returned home from Singapore on the 18th of June 2009. She was well on the flight home and on arrival to the country. The patient only started to develop symptoms on the 19th June 2009 and went to seek medical treatment at the outpatient services at the health centre at Jalan Ong Sum Ping on the 20th of June 2009.

The patient is currently under treatment at the Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Hospital in Tutong and is in stable condition. The Ministry of Health is tracing all contacts and will quarantine those at risk. The statement says that as the patient only started to develop symptoms only 12 hours after arriving in the country, the Ministry of Health will not be contacting passengers on flight BI 422 which arrived from Singapore on the 18th of June 2009. This is due to the minimal risk of infection to other passengers at that time. However those who have recently arrived from affected countries are advised to seek medical treatment if they develop symptoms of influenza A(H1N1).

Meanwhile, the first local case of influenza A(H1N1) as reported previously is improving and still under treatment at the Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Hospital. All contacts of this case have been identified and are currently under quarantine.

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For updates and some of the latest news follow Dr P Hishamuddin’s on Twitter, who is the Head at the Disease Control Division at the Ministry of Health, Brunei.

Update 23/06/2009

Seems that our Twitter source has been muted by the fact that his team has been ordered to keep him out of the loop. It seems that upper management was not happy with his efforts to inform the public of the on-goings of the CDC team have been kept away from him as shown in his tweets show below.

head honchos at MoH disappointed in me giving out info about h1n1. what info did i give apart from numbers and travel history?

about 24 hours ago from web

Getting no more updates from my CDC teams on h1n1.guess the head honchos have cut me off.

about 13 hours ago from mobile web

Thus now we are left to speculate what the exact situation is and having to wait for official news channels to get back to us. It is indeed a sad day…


2 thoughts on “Brunei’s 2nd Confirmed Case of A(H1N1)

  1. Weird isn’t it? That the big shots don’t want the public to know what really is going on…

  2. What’s the H1N1 situation now in Brunei? It seemed to have exploded here in Singapore from an initial few isolated cases to thousands in just a few weeks.


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