Boy admitted to hospital after suspected JE case


SEREMBAN: A six-year-old boy from Kuala Pilah has been admitted to the Tuanku Jaafar Hospital (TJH) here after being suspected of having Japanese Encephalitis (JE).

The case is still under observation.

Negri Sembilan Health director, Dr Abdul Rahim Abdullah said the boy was first brought to the Tuanku Ampuan Najihah Hospital in Kuala Pilah on May 18, before he was transferred to TJH two days later.

“The boy’s condition worsened and he was transferred to TJH for further treatment. We ran a blood test on the victim, and we have ruled out on the possibility that he had contracted the Nipah virus, as speculated by the public. 

"However, we are still investigating on how the JE virus was spread and whether or not it was caused by mosquitoes,” said Abdul Rahim.

He said two more cases were recorded this year, involving two children, one in Kuala Pilah and another case in Jelebu, but no deaths were reported.

Abdul Rahim said the JE virus would normally show very few symptoms, with the victim only experiencing fever and light headache.

“However, one out of 250 infections can end up with a severe infection such as high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, body spasms, paralysis and can lead to death. Infection can occur at any age but the risk is higher in children as their immune system is weaker compared to adults,” he said.

"There is no specific treatment for JE. Normally, the treatment given to the victim is only to reduce clinical signs from severe infections,” said Abdul Rahim.

Meanwhile, Abdul Rahim said JE cases in the country were last reported in 2014, involving three cases and one death in Seremban.

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