OUTBREAK OF PNEUMONIA IN AN ARMY RECRUIT TRAINING CENTRE, PORT DICKSON, NEGERI SEMBILAN, JULY-AUGUST, 2000

  • Mohamed Paid Y Bintulu Divisional Health Office, Lebuhraya Abang Galau, 97000 Bintulu, Sarawak
  • Muhammad Amir K Division of Epidemiology and Biostadstis, Insdtute Medical Research, Minis
  • Mustafa Bakri A Negeri Sembilan State Health Department, 70590 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
  • Low SH Negeri Sembilan State Health Department, 70590 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
Keywords: pneumonia, army recruits, bacteria organism

Abstract

An outbreak of pneumonia occurred among 1,491 recruits undergoing training at the Anny Recruit Training Center, Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, between July to August 2000. They had reported for training 2 weel<s before and were placed in 5 new modem concrete 4 floors building with well ventilated dorm. A total of 70 recruits were affected and one died. The attack rate was 4.7% and the case fatality rate was 1.4%. The outbreak affected recruits from all the five companies; J (21/299, 30.0%), G (19/298, 27.1 %) , I ( 14/298, 20.0%), H ( 13/298, 18.6%) and F (3/298, 4.3%). The main presenting symptoms were fever (68/70, 97. 1 %) , cough (62/70, 88.6%), and chest pain (35/70, 50.0%). This was a common site outbreak with the mode of spread from person to person through infected droplet. The outbreak has three peaks, which was at 1st, 4th and 6th week respectively and lasted for eight weel<s. The organisms isolated through blood culture were Streptococcal pneumoniae and Klebsiella pneumoniae. All the cases were managed and treated as in-patients at four different hospitals depending on the severity of the illness. The main control activities carried out were separation of ill recruits from the healthy, reducing the number of recruits in the donnitories and encourage recruits to drink a lot of water while in training.

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Published
2004-03-01
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Mohamed Paid Y, Muhammad Amir K, Mustafa Bakri A, & Low SH. (2004). OUTBREAK OF PNEUMONIA IN AN ARMY RECRUIT TRAINING CENTRE, PORT DICKSON, NEGERI SEMBILAN, JULY-AUGUST, 2000 . Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, 4(1), 35-39. Retrieved from https://mjphm.org/index.php/mjphm/article/view/1317
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