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Fresh cases of swine flu in Malaysia

world Updated: May 03, 2010 11:28 IST

Seventy six fresh cases of H1N1 influenza have been confirmed in Malaysia, where over 80 people have died of the swine flu virus since May last year, authorities have said.

The latest 76 are among the 592 people who were admitted for the suspected virus on Saturday evening, local media reports said today.

Health director-general Ismail Merican said seven of the confirmed victims were being treated in the intensive care unit of hospitals, with five of them in the high-risk category.

Although no new cases of cluster influenza-like illness were reported since yesterday, Ismail said they were still on high alert.

He said it was important for the people to practise a healthy lifestyle, with a balanced diet, regular exercise, lots of water and enough sleep.

He also asked those in the high-risk group to get themselves vaccinated against the disease.

The total number of people infected in Malaysia with Influenza A (H1N1) since May last year is 13,709, and over 80 deaths have occurred.