KUALA LUMPUR, May 15, 2009 (AFP) - Malaysia confirmed Friday its first case of swine flu, the country's top health official said.
"I can confirm (that it) is the first case in Malaysia," Health Director General Ismail Merican told AFP.
Merican's confirmation followed a statement from the health ministry giving details of the country's first case.
"The patient is a 21-year-old male student who had just returned from the United States on May 13, 2009 and who was down with fever, sore throat and body aches on May 14," it said.
"This is the first A(H1N1) flu case found in Malaysia," the statement added.
It said the patient went into the Sungai Buloh quarantine facility in central Selangor state on the same evening and is now in a stable condition.
The latest World Health Organisation figures show the number of laboratory-confirmed swine flu cases worldwide is 6,497 in 33 countries. A total of 65 people have died from the disease, most of them in Mexico, WHO figures show.
The health ministry urges all passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines MH 091 from Newark arriving KLIA at 7.15 a.m. on 13 May (Wednesday) to contact the ministry at 03-88810200/300.