Three diphtheria cases confirmed in Johor

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – The Malaysian Ministry of Health has confirmed three more diphtheria cases in Johor as of last Saturday.

In a statement yesterday, Malaysian Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the cases involved a four-year-old boy and girl as well as a 15-year-old girl who all lived in the same house as the two-year-old toddler believed to have died from diphtheria on February 21.

The four-year-old girl who tested positive for the disease was the sister of the deceased toddler.

“All three children were treated for the disease and are in a stable condition, and one has since been allowed to return home,” he said.

Dr Noor Hisham said eight other people living in the same house as the deceased did not display any symptoms for diphtheria but were treated with antibiotics as a preventive measure.