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Low infection risk in airport death

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 February, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 February, 2009, 12:00am

Health authorities have decided not to contact passengers aboard a Hong Kong-bound flight on which a six-year-old boy became ill and later died.

Malaysian health authorities found that Wong Siu-hang, a primary one student from Shatin Methodist Primary School, was killed by a streptococcal infection.

A spokesman for the Centre for Health Protection said it was not very contagious.

'We do not think there is a need to trace them to see if the other passengers are infected or to inform them over the case,' he added.

Wong developed a rash and swelling on his left leg while returning from Penang on Cathay Pacific's flight CX720 on Saturday.

When the plane stopped in Kuala Lumpur, the boy's mother took him to the airport clinic, where he was declared dead shortly afterwards.

Vice-principal Tang Pak-kwan of Shatin Methodist Primary School said about a dozen schoolmates were deeply upset over his death.

'Some of them even cried. We have offered counselling to them already and they have become calm now. We will be closely monitoring their emotions,' he said.

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