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Low health risk in Singapore, says MOH as M'sia reports first bird flu case

Malaysia has reported its first imported human case of H7N9 in Kota Kinabalu. Singapore's Ministry of Health (MOH) said it is closely monitoring this development and is in close contact with its counterparts.

SINGAPORE: Malaysia has reported its first imported human case of H7N9 in Kota Kinabalu. The Star newspaper said a 67-year-old Chinese national, who had travelled from Guangdong, had tested positive for the bird flu virus on Tuesday.

She is reported to be in stable condition.

Singapore's Ministry of Health (MOH) said it is closely monitoring this development and is in close contact with its counterparts.

In a statement, the ministry added that the public health risk to the Republic remains low as the characteristics of H7N9 in human infections have not changed.

There is currently no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission of the virus.

The ministry has advised Singaporeans travelling to affected areas to maintain vigilance and avoid contact with poultry, birds and other wild animals, and visiting live poultry markets. 

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