KUALA LUMPUR, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- The Malaysian health authorities have been on high alert for a possible second wave of A/H1N1 influenza due to the increase of new cases in the northern hemisphere, a local newspaper said on Friday.
Malaysia must remain vigilant as the outbreak was still at Level Six, the highest of the World Health Organization's pandemic alert scale, The Star quoted Malaysian Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai as saying.
He said that 95 percent of countries in the northern hemisphere had recorded a rise in new cases.
The authorities had stepped up efforts to ensure the second wave was kept at bay, said Liow, adding that Malaysia could not take this lightly although the flu A/H1N1 outbreak has been stabilized in the country.
Liow also said that his ministry has vaccinated 6,617 front liners and upgraded its surveillance system by improving early detection in all states.
Liow said that the death toll in Malaysia stayed unchanged at 77 out of 12,210 confirmed cases as of Thursday. For the week ended on Nov. 28, a total of 589 suspected cases were reported, of which 573 had been discharged, he added.
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