Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak among Islamic Missionaries in Terengganu state of Malaysia in 2020.

Goh Soo Ning, Hafizuddin Awang, Ahmad Fuad Omar, Juhaida Jaafar, Fatimah Muda, Mohd Hanief Ahmad, Kasemani Embong, Nor Azimi Yunus

Abstract


Background: Malaysia experienced an outbreak of COVID-19 after Islamic missionaries returned from religious gathering in Sri Petaling Mosque, Kuala Lumpur. The outbreak extended to the state of Terengganu which also resulted in an outbreak in a private Islamic institution known as BKMQ (an anonymized name) in Kuala Terengganu District.

Materials and Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted to describe the characteristics of COVID-19 cases and the experience of COVID-19 outbreak containment in BKMQ.

Results: There were six individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 in BKMQ. Majority of them were male (83.3%), in the age group of 20 to <40 years old (50.0%) and had fever as their symptom (50.0%). The time of last exposure to diagnosis among majority of cases were 12 days, and majority of cases (66.6%) stayed in hospital between 20 days to less than 40 days.

Conclusion: The transmission of virus was postulated to be through household exposure and vehicle sharing. Prompt action, immediate lockdown and inter-agencies collaboration were the key factors in successfully controlling the spread of COVID-19 in the institution and community.

International Journal of Human and Health Sciences Vol. 05 No. 04 October’21 Page: 491-498


Keywords


COVID-19, outbreak, mass gathering, Islamic missionaries, Terengganu.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.31344/ijhhs.v5i4.362

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