Najib down with E. coli infection after floods visit
MALAYSIAN Prime Minister Najib Razak has contracted a bacterial infection and is resting at home after touring districts hit by the country's worst flooding in decades, an aide said yesterday.
Tengku Sharifuddin Tengku Ahmad, Datuk Seri Najib's press secretary, told AFP that the Prime Minister became infected with E. coli after criss-crossing the flooded areas last month.
"The Prime Minister is resting at home," he said in a text message without elaborating.
E. coli are a large and diverse group of bacteria and most strains are harmless.
Rajbans Singh, president of the Malaysian Wellness Society, said that the Prime Minister could have been infected after consuming contaminated food or drinks.
Some kinds of E. coli can cause diarrhoea, he said.
The flooding in the north-east of the country killed 21 people. At its height, almost a quarter of a million people had to abandon their homes.