Linking Nipah virus to food wrapped in banana leaf not true - Health Ministry

PUTRAJAYA, June 19 (Bernama) - Not true. This is what the Health Ministry has said about a recent message that has gone viral on social media linking a death at a local private hospital to consuming food wrapped in banana leaf and   supposedly caused by the Nipah virus.

Selangor State Health Director Datuk Dr Khalid Ibrahim said the ministry had conducted an investigation based on the message and found that there was no patient admitted to the hospital with such a case.

There was no case nor death notification received by the district health offices,  the state health department or the ministry involving any disease or incidence of food poisoning suspected to be caused by the use of banana leaf or a case suspected being infected with the Nipah virus, he said in a statement.

The whatsapp message stated that a woman had encountered  breathing difficulties and died later after consuming a meal wrapped in banana leaf that had the virus.

 Dr Khalid urged the public not to believe news and messages that were not verified.

He said it would be best for them to get confirmation from the ministry before passing on incorrect  information.





UKM Hospital To Conduct Study On Potential Therapy For Leukaemia

By Durratul Ain Ahmad Fuad

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – A potentially effective treatment for patients with relapsed and refractory acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) is in the works.

ALL is a type of blood cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell.

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s teaching facility Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz (HCTM) is collaborating with Plutonet Sdn Bhd on a study and clinical trial involving the Chimeric Antigen Receptor-T Cell (CAR-T) therapy, a revolutionary treatment found to be effective for ALL patients who cannot be treated with chemotherapy or are immune to it.



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