13 students in hospital after contracting typhoid

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

IPOH: Thirteen students were admitted to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital, near here, last week after they were believed to have contracted typhoid at their school.

Four have since been discharged, two are being treated at the hospital’s intensive care unit, while the remaining students are being treated at a normal ward.

All of them are students of a religious school here.

Parents of the affected students have expressed displeasure at the school’s handling of the incident.

Army retiree, Roslan Ariffin, 59, said he was shocked when his son, Muhammad Syazrin, experienced breathing difficulties.

“I was initially told by the school authorities that my son had suffered from food poisoning, but, doctors here told me he had typhoid.

“He has never been hospitalised before. We are worried about his condition as he will be sitting the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia this year,”

Syazrin’s mother, Rahimah Omar, 50, said her son came back to their Lumut house and complained of mild fever.

“However, he continued to shiver despite taking medication.

“We rushed him to the hospital last Tuesday when his condition worsened.”

Civil servant Siti Suryana Awang, 48, said her son Muhammad Hakim Sabran, a Form Four student of the school also experienced breathing difficulties and was being treated at the ICU.

Trader Sharimah Mohd Yunus, 44, said her Form Two son, Muhammad Ariff Mohd Yusof complained of headache and body ache besides prolonged fever.

Concerned with the incident, she lodged a police report on Sunday.

Read more: 13 students in hospital after contracting typhoid – General – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/13-students-in-hospital-after-contracting-typhoid-1.88657#ixzz1wDczrLW1