The Terengganu Health Department has confirmed that a pregnant woman has died of the H1N1 flu virus.

However, director of the Health Department, Dr Mohammad Omar denied that the outbreak was worsening in the state.

"The woman was admitted to the hospital on 7 April after suffering from fever for a week. She went to a private hospital before being referred to the government hospital here and was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU)," he said.

During her stay, there were initial signs of positive improvement, but she eventually gave in on 13 April and passed away.

Public urged not to unnecessarily panic

"Among the groups at risk of contracting this disease are pregnant women, children, the elderly, and those with chronic diseases such as diabetes," Dr Mohammad said.

He urged the public not to panic unnecessarily as the disease has been categories as seasonal influenza since 2013 and no longer needed to be reported to the Ministry of Health (MOH).

"The disease has been categorised as common cold and perhaps there are those who are infected by H1N1. But it is considered as common cold except for certain cases where complications arise," he said.

Other countries are preparing in case of an outbreak

Prior to 2013, there were only 27 cases, majority of which were in Sarawak. currently there are approximately 10 cases of suspected H1N1 every month and the majority of the patients would recover.

However in other countries such as India, health officials have been taking measures in case of a pandemic. A total of 103 have died from H1N1 infections across Maharashtra itself, mainly due to fluctuations of weather during the day and night.

If there are any symptoms, my advice is do not go out in the open, use the sanitiser and wear a face mask. If the cough worsens, please go to the hospital," he said. MIMS

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