KUALA LUMPUR, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said
Friday that Influenza A/H1N1 had become a serious threat to the nation.
The prime minister also advised the people to take precautions measures to
prevent the spread of the virus, the Malaysian news agency Bernama reported.
This included not attending unnecessary gatherings as gathering would only
expose the participants to additional risk of contracting the virus, Najib said.
According to the Malaysia Health Ministry website, as of 8 a.m. Friday,
Malaysia recorded 15 fatalities of the disease and the total cases of the flu
had risen to 1,525.
Najib said at a press conference after opening the Malaysian Sports
Industry convention here that personal hygiene must be maintained at all times,
reminding people of taking preventive measures like washing hands and wearing
On the other hand, Malaysia Information, Communications, Arts and Culture
Minister Rais Yatim said that his colleague from the Health Ministry could
disseminate information on the disease via relevant advertisements.
He said in a press conference on the country's national day celebration
that when preparing for the celebration, public health issues would not be
The flu should not be a hindrance to celebrate Malaysia's National Day as
long as proper approaches were executed, added Rais.
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