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First H7N9 flu case detected in M'sia

The Malaysian Health Ministry has confirmed the first H7N9 flu case in the country, involving a tourist from China.

The 67-year-old woman had travelled from the Chinese city of Guangdong to Kuala Lumpur on Feb 4, The Star reported.

She then went to Sandakan in Sabah the next day before heading to the state capital, Kota Kinabalu, on Feb 6.

Health Minister S. Subramaniam said the woman was referred to a private hospital in Kota Kinabalu on Feb 7. A positive result was confirmed after two tests. She is in a stable condition, the minister said yesterday.

Dr Subramaniam stressed there was no cause for panic as the risk for human transmission of H7N9 is "very low".